EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Parental Education and Parental Time With Children

Jonathan Guryan (), Erik Hurst () and Melissa Kearney

No 13993, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Parents invest both their material resources and their time into raising their children. Time investment in children is thought to be critical to the development of "quality" children who will become productive adults. This paper has three goals related to the examination of parental time allocated to the care of their children. First, using data from the recent American Time Use Surveys (ATUS), we highlight what we think are the most interesting, and perhaps surprising, cross sectional patterns in time spent with children by parents within the United States. Second, we interpret our results in a Beckerian framework of time allocation with a view toward establishing whether parental childcare appears to be more akin to leisure or home production. Third, we examine data from a sample of 14 countries to establish whether the patterns we observe in the United States hold across countries and within other countries. We show that both within countries and across countries there is a strong positive relationship between parental education, or earnings, and time spent with children. We then show that time spent with children does not follow patterns typical of leisure or home production, suggesting an important difference. We speculate that one reason for this positive education gradient relates to the investment aspect of time spent with children.

JEL-codes: J13 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu
Date: 2008-05
Note: CH LS PE
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (179) Track citations by RSS feed

Published as Jonathan Guryan & Erik Hurst & Melissa Kearney, 2008. "Parental Education and Parental Time with Children," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 22(3), pages 23-46, Summer.

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.nber.org/papers/w13993.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Parental Education and Parental Time with Children (2008) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13993

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.nber.org/papers/w13993

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2017-10-19
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13993