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Parental inputs and socio-economic gaps in early child development

Lindsey Macmillan () and Emma Tominey ()

No 20-04, CEPEO Working Paper Series from UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities

Abstract: By the time children start school, socio-economic gaps are evident in child skills. We document a causal effect of a reform to mothers' education on her child's skills and use mediation analysis to explore the role of parental inputs as mechanisms. The reform shifted mothers' education from no, to a low level of qualifications. Our results suggest that financial resources are an important channel, explaining up to 59% of the effect on child cognitive skills. On top of this, parental investments of health behaviours during pregnancy and monetary investments at home explain a further 14% of the test score gaps.

Keywords: Child development; test scores; socio-emotional skills; parental inputs; decomposition; ALSPAC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 63 pages
Date: 2020-01, Revised 2021-11
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