EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Early and Late Human Capital Investments, Borrowing Constraints, and the Family

Lance Lochner () and Elizabeth Caucutt ()

No 128, 2012 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: This paper investigates the importance of family borrowing constraints in determining human capital investments in children at early and late ages. We begin by providing new empirical evidence that suggests binding borrowing constraints among at least some families with young children. Next, we develop an intergenerational model of lifecycle human capital accumulation to study the role of early versus late investments in children. We analytically show that when early and late investments are sufficiently complementary in the production of human capital, binding borrowing constraints during either period reduce both early and late investments. We use data from the Children of the NLSY, NLSY, and CPS to calibrate our dynastic model. Our calibrated steady state suggests that about 40% of young parents and 30% of old parents are borrowing constrained, while older children are unconstrained. We also find strong complementarity between early and late investments, suggesting that policies targeted to one stage of development tend to have similar effects on investment in the other stage. We use this calibrated model to study the effects of education subsidies, loans and transfers offered at different ages on early and late human capital investments and subsequent earnings in the short-run and long-run.

Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge and nep-hrm
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (36) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://economicdynamics.org/meetpapers/2012/paper_128.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Early and Late Human Capital Investments, Borrowing Constraints, and the Family (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Early and Late Human Capital Investments, Borrowing Constraints, and the Family (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Early and Late Human Capital Investments, Borrowing Constraints, and the Family (2012) Downloads
Working Paper: Early and Late Human Capital Investments, Borrowing Constraints, and the Family (2012) 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:red:sed012:128

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in 2012 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics Society for Economic Dynamics Marina Azzimonti Department of Economics Stonybrook University 10 Nicolls Road Stonybrook NY 11790 USA. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Christian Zimmermann ().

 
Page updated 2020-03-29
Handle: RePEc:red:sed012:128