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The allocation of after-school time and child soxio-emotional skills

Elena Meroni, Daniela Piazzalunga and Chiara Pronzato ()

No 642, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: In this paper, we study the effect of the allocation of after-school time on children’s non cognitive development, using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (UK) and focusing on children aged 7-11 years old. We classify the time spent outside of school into seven groups of activities and evaluate their impact on five socio-emotional skills drawn from the Strength and Difficulties questionnaire, taking advantage of the panel structure of the data. We then test the robustness of our estimates against endogeneity issues. Time spent on sports, studying, reading, tidying up, and active time with parents have beneficial effects, while video-screen time and extra hours at school have harmful ones.

Keywords: child time use; extra-curricular activities; non-cognitive development; socio emotional skills; omitted variable bias; reverse causality. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 I24 J13 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 49
Date: 2021
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