The Response of Household Parental Investment to Child Endowments
48 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2007 Last revised: 7 May 2008
Date Written: April 2008
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
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