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Self investments of adolescents and their cognitive development

Daniela Del Boca (), Chiara Monfardini () and Cheti Nicoletti ()

No 5, CHILD Working Papers Series from Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA

Abstract: While a large literature has focused on the impact of parental investments on child cognitive development, very little is known about the role of child's own in- vestments. Information on how children invest their time separately from parents is probably little informative for babies and toddlers, but it becomes more and more important in later stages of life, such as adolescence, when children start to take decisions independently. By using the Child Development Supplement of the PSID (Panel Study of Income Dynamics), we model the production of cognitive ability of adolescents and extend the set of inputs to include the child's own time investments. Looking at investments during adolescence, we find that child's investments matter more than mother's investments. On the contrary, looking at investments during childhood, it is the mother's investments that are more important. Our results are obtained accounting for potential unobserved child's and family's endowments and are robust across several specifications and samples, e.g. considering and not considering father's investments and non-intact families.

Keywords: time-use; cognitive ability; child development; adolescence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 D1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-dem, nep-ltv and nep-neu
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