The Response of Household Parental Investment to Child Endowments

48 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2007 Last revised: 7 May 2008

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David Loughran

RAND Corporation

Ashlesha Datar

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR)

Rebecca Kilburn

RAND Corporation

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

The theoretical and empirical literature on parental investment focuses on whether child-specific parental investments reinforce or compensate for a child's initial endowments. However, many parental investments, such as neighborhood quality and family size and structure, are shared wholly or in part among all children in a household. The empirical results of this paper imply that such household parental investments compensate for low endowments, as proxied by low birth weight.

Keywords: birth weight, child rearing, parenting, social status - health aspects, education - health aspects, economic indicators

JEL Classification: I20, I10

Suggested Citation

Loughran, David and Datar, Ashlesha and Kilburn, Rebecca, The Response of Household Parental Investment to Child Endowments (April 2008). RAND Working Paper Series No. WR-404-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=999821 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.999821

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Rebecca Kilburn

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