Self Investments of Adolescents and Their Cognitive Development
Quaderni DSE Working Paper N° 848
32 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 13, 2012
While a large literature has focused on the impact of parental investments on child cognitive development, very little is known about the role of childs own investments. Information on how children invest their time separately from parents is probably little informative for babies and toddlers, but it becomes more and more important in later stages of life, such as adolescence, when children start to take decisions independently. By using the Child Development Supplement of the PSID (Panel Study of Income Dynamics), we model the production of cognitive ability of adolescents and extend the set of inputs to include the childs own time investments.
Looking at investments during adolescence, we nd that childs investments matter more than mothers investments. On the contrary, looking at investments during childhood, it is the mothers investments that are more important. Our results are obtained accounting for potential unobserved childs and familys endowments and are robust across several speci cations and samples, e.g. considering and not considering fathers investments and non-intact families.
Keywords: time-use, cognitive ability, child development, adolescence
JEL Classification: J13, D1
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