Child Socio-Emotional Skills: The Role of Parental Inputs

54 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019

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Gloria Moroni

University of York

Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Emma Tominey

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Abstract

Informed by the psychological literature and our empirical evidence we provide new insights into the technology of socio-emotional skill formation in middle childhood. In line with economic evidence, increasing parental inputs that enrich the child home environment and reduce stress has larger returns for children with higher socio-emotional skills in early childhood (complementarity), but only for levels of inputs that are high. For low levels of inputs, i.e. levels implying a stressful home environment, an increase has a higher return for children with lower socio-emotional skills in early childhood (substitutability). Consequently, well targeted policies can reduce middle childhood socio-emotional gaps.

Keywords: socio-emotional skills, complementarities, substitutabilities, parenting styles, mother's mental health, time investment, child behavioural disorders, diathesis-stress hypothesis

JEL Classification: J13, D10, I10, I31

Suggested Citation

Moroni, Gloria and Nicoletti, Cheti and Tominey, Emma, Child Socio-Emotional Skills: The Role of Parental Inputs. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3415778

Gloria Moroni (Contact Author)

University of York ( email )

York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies ( email )

Heslington
York, YO1 5DD
United Kingdom

Emma Tominey

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

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Bristol BS8 1TN
United Kingdom
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