EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Socio-Economic Status and Inequalities in Children\'s IQ and Economic Preferences

Armin Falk, Fabian Kosse, Pia Pinger, Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch and Thomas Deckers
Additional contact information
Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch: DICE
Thomas Deckers: University of Bonn

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Hannah Schildberg-Hoerisch ()

No 166, Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series from CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition

Abstract: This paper explores inequalities in IQ and economic preferences between children from high and low socio-economic status (SES) families. We document that children from high SES families are more intelligent, patient and altruistic, as well as less risk-seeking. To understand the underlying causes and mechanisms, we propose a framework of how parental investments as well as maternal IQ and economic preferences influence a child\'s IQ and preferences. Within this framework, we allow SES to influence both the level of parental time and parenting style investments, as well as the productivity of the investment process. Our results indicate that disparities in the level of parental investments hold substantial importance for SES gaps in economic preferences and, to a lesser extent, IQ. In light of the importance of IQ and preferences for behaviors and outcomes, our findings offer an explanation for social immobility

Keywords: socio-economic status; time preferences; risk preferences; altruism; experiments with children; origins of preferences; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 D64 D90 D81 J13 J24 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07-26
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://rationality-and-competition.de/wp-content/ ... ussion_paper/166.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Socio-Economic Status and Inequalities in Children's IQ and Economic Preferences (2019) Downloads
Working Paper: Socio-Economic Status and Inequalities in Children’s IQ and Economic Preferences (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Socio-Economic Status and Inequalities in Children's IQ and Economic Preferences (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Socio-economic status and inequalities in children's IQ and economic preferences (2017) 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:rco:dpaper:166

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series from CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Benjamin Langer ().

 
Page updated 2020-08-12
Handle: RePEc:rco:dpaper:166