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Why do educated mothers matter? A model of parental help

Luciano Canova () and Alessandro Vaglio ()
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Alessandro Vaglio: University of Bergamo

No XREAP2010-17, Working Papers from Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP)

Abstract: The paper investigates the role of mothers in affecting childrens' performance at school. It develops a theoretical model in which household is treated as an individual, whose utility depends on the performance at school of the student and on consumption. The model focuses on the possibilities through which mother’s help may affect pupil's performance in terms of time devoted to supervision and spillover effects. Empirical evidence, using Italian PISA 2006, shows that highly educated mothers have a positive impact on students' score only when they are highly qualified in the job market.

Keywords: Education; PISA; quantile regressions; parental help (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J12 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2010-12, Revised 2010-12
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