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Does Quality Time Produce Quality Children? Evidence on the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital Using Parental Deaths


Eric D. Gould


Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Avi Simhon


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

February 1, 2011

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8258

Abstract:     
This paper uses variation created by parental deaths in the amount of time children spend with each parent to examine whether the parent-child correlation in schooling outcomes stems from a causal relationship. Using a large sample of Israeli children who lost one parent during childhood, we find a series of striking patterns which show that the relationship is largely causal. Relative to children who did not lose a parent, the education of the deceased parent is less important in determining child outcomes, while the education of the surviving parent becomes a stronger factor. Moreover, within the group of families that lost a parent, this pattern intensifies when a child loses a parent earlier in life - the education of the deceased parent becomes even less important, while the effect of the surviving parent's schooling intensifies. These results provide strong evidence that there is a causal connection between parent and child schooling, which is dependent on the child's interaction time with each parent. These findings help us understand why educated parents typically spend more time with their children - they are more effective in producing human capital in their children.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: Education, intergenerational mobility

JEL Classification: I21, J13, J24

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Date posted: March 14, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Gould, Eric D. and Simhon, Avi, Does Quality Time Produce Quality Children? Evidence on the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital Using Parental Deaths (February 1, 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8258. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1782552

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Eric D. Gould (Contact Author)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics ( email )
Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel
+972 2 588 3247 (Phone)
+972 2 581 6071 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: https://sites.google.com/site/edgould
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Avi Simhon
Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )
Mount Scopus
Jerusalem 91905, IL 91905
Israel
+972 2 588 3237 (Phone)
+972 2 581 6071 (Fax)
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