Household Choices and Child Development

58 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2010

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Daniela Del Boca

University of Turin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Christopher J. Flinn

New York University -Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Matthew Wiswall

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

The growth in labor market participation among women with young children has raised concerns about the potential negative impact of the mother's absence from home on child outcomes. Recent data show that mother's time spent with children has declined in the last decade, while the indicators of children's cognitive and noncognitive outcomes have worsened. The objective of our research is to estimate a model of the cognitive development process of children nested within an otherwise standard model of household life cycle behavior. The model generates endogenous dynamic interrelationships between the child quality and employment processes in the household, which are found to be consistent with patterns observed in the data. The estimated model is used to explore the effects of schooling subsidies and employment restrictions on household welfare and child development.

Keywords: time allocation, child development, household labor supply

JEL Classification: J13, D1

Suggested Citation

Del Boca, Daniela and Flinn, Christopher J. and Wiswall, Matthew, Household Choices and Child Development. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5155. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1667779

Daniela Del Boca (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

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Torino, 10124
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Turin, TO
Italy

Christopher J. Flinn

New York University -Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

269 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Matthew Wiswall

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

William H. Sewell Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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