Household choices and child development

Daniela Del Boca, Christopher Flinn, Matthew Wiswall

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Abstract

The growth in labour market participation among women with young children has raised concerns about its implications for child cognitive development.We estimate a model of the cognitive development process of children nested within an otherwise standard model of household behaviour. The household makes labour supply decisions and provides time and money inputs into the child quality production process during the development period. Our empirical results indicate that both parents' time inputs are important for the cognitive development of their children, particularly when the child is young. Money expenditures are less productive in terms of producing child quality. Comparative statics exercises demonstrate that cash transfers to households with children have small impacts on child quality due to the relatively low impact of money investments on child outcomes and the fact that a significant fraction of the transfer is spent on other household consumption and the leisure of the parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberrdt026
Pages (from-to)137-185
Number of pages49
JournalReview of Economic Studies
Volume81
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Child development
Household
Cognitive development
Exercise
Labour market participation
Cash transfers
Empirical results
Labor supply
Household behavior
Leisure
Development process
Comparative statics
Expenditure
Household consumption
Production process

Keywords

  • Child development
  • Household labour supply
  • Time allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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Del Boca, D., Flinn, C., & Wiswall, M. (2014). Household choices and child development. Review of Economic Studies, 81(1), 137-185. [rdt026]. https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdt026

Household choices and child development. / Del Boca, Daniela; Flinn, Christopher; Wiswall, Matthew.

In: Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 81, No. 1, rdt026, 01.2014, p. 137-185.

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Del Boca, D, Flinn, C & Wiswall, M 2014, 'Household choices and child development', Review of Economic Studies, vol. 81, no. 1, rdt026, pp. 137-185. https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdt026
Del Boca D, Flinn C, Wiswall M. Household choices and child development. Review of Economic Studies. 2014 Jan;81(1):137-185. rdt026. https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdt026
Del Boca, Daniela ; Flinn, Christopher ; Wiswall, Matthew. / Household choices and child development. In: Review of Economic Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 81, No. 1. pp. 137-185.
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