Peer and parental influence in the development of cognitive skills and predispostion to risky behaviour
Ana Balsa (),
Nestor Gandelman and
No 1701, Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers from Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo.
This paper analyzes the strategic interactions between peers and parents in the development of adolescent’s cognitive skills and non-cognitive skills, as proxied by the predisposition to use substances. We estimate a technology of skill formation that identifies peer effects on the basis of quasi-random assignment of students across classes, time varying data, and the use of instrumental variables. We find that both peer and parental socialization efforts have a positive influence over adolescents’ academic skills, and that these effects are complementary: as peers get better academically, parents invest more. We do not find, however, linear-in-means peer or parental effects on the predisposition to use substances.
Keywords: cognitive and non-cognitive skills; peer effects; parenting; adolescents. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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