A New Time-Use Diary App to Measure Parental Investments

44 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2023

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Maria Bigoni

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stefania Bortolotti

University of Bologna

Margherita Fort

University of Bologna; Ifo Institute, CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute), Ifo Institute; IZA

Annalisa Guarini

University of Bologna

Daniela Iorio

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alessandra Sansavini

University of Bologna

Davide Sansone

University of Warwick

Abstract

We introduce a new app that collects 24-hour parental time diaries. To assess its validity, we leverage data from a sample of more than 500 parents with pre-school aged children. Our findings show that our tool is reliable and delivers high-quality data. By exploiting contextual information on the child's involvement and feelings during each activity performed with the parent, we construct new measures of parental investments that capture the quality of daily parent-child interactions. We analyse how these novel measures relate to alternative definitions and discuss the potential advantages of the adoption of our approach to time-use measurement in the rapidly growing field of research on the role of parental investments in child development.

Keywords: human capital formation, parents, time inputs, app-based survey

JEL Classification: C81, J13, J24

Suggested Citation

Bigoni, Maria and Bortolotti, Stefania and Fort, Margherita and Guarini, Annalisa and Iorio, Daniela and Monfardini, Chiara and Sansavini, Alessandra and Sansone, Davide, A New Time-Use Diary App to Measure Parental Investments. IZA Discussion Paper No. 16661, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4668591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4668591

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Stefania Bortolotti

University of Bologna ( email )

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Margherita Fort

University of Bologna ( email )

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Annalisa Guarini

University of Bologna

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Bologna, 40100
Italy

Daniela Iorio

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Bellaterra
Spain

Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bologna, 40126
Italy
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Alessandra Sansavini

University of Bologna

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Bologna, 40100
Italy

Davide Sansone

University of Warwick

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

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