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Home and School in the Development of Children

Francesco Agostinelli (), Morteza Saharkhiz () and Matthew Wiswall ()
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Francesco Agostinelli: University of Pennsylvania
Morteza Saharkhiz: Arizona State University
Matthew Wiswall: University of Wisconsin--Madison

No 2019-044, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: We develop a unified empirical framework for child development which nests the key features of two previously parallel research programs, the Child Development literature and the Education Production Function literature. Our framework allows for mis-measured cognitive and non-cognitive skills, classroom effects, parental influences, and complementarities. Although both are important, we estimate that differential parental investments are the more important source of end-of-kindergarten inequality than classroom quality. Quality classrooms have a larger effect on children entering kindergarten with skill deficits. Our estimated model replicates out-of-sample patterns by excluded race and family income variables and experimental results from the Tennessee STAR experiment.

Keywords: Child Development; School; Parents; Education Production Function; Child Development; Skill Formation; Value-added; Latent Factor Models; Skill Production Technology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07
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