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Intergenerational Effects of Early-Life Advantage: Lessons from a Primate Study

Amanda Dettmer (), James Heckman, Juan Pantano, Victor Ronda and Stephen Suomi ()
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Amanda Dettmer: Yale Child Study Center
Juan Pantano: Center for the Economics of Human Development
Stephen Suomi: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

No 2020-064, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: This paper uses three decades of studies with Rhesus monkeys to investigate the intergenerational effects of early life advantage. Monkeys and their offspring were both randomly assigned to be reared together or apart from their mothers. We document significant intergenerational effects of maternal presence. We also estimate, for the first time, the intergenerational complementarity of early life advantage, where the intergenerational effects of maternal rearing are only present for offspring that were mother-reared. This finding suggests that parenting is the primary mechanism driving the intergenerational effects. Our paper demonstrates how studies of primates can inform human development.

Keywords: maternal influence; animal studies; early-life adversity; intergenerational treatment effects; intergenerational complementarity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-08
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