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Source: Journal of the European Economic Association
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Carneiro, Pedro
Meghir, Costas
Parey, Matthias
Maternal Education, Home Environments, and the Development of Children and Adolescents
Journal of the European Economic Association 11, s1 (January 2013): 123-160.
Also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01096.x/abstract
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Achievement; Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Body Mass Index (BMI); Cognitive Development; Grade Retention/Repeat Grade; Home Environment; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Intergenerational Patterns/Transmission; Mothers, Education; Motor and Social Development (MSD); Obesity; Parental Investments; Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading)

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We study the intergenerational effects of maternal education on children’s cognitive achievement, behavioral problems, grade repetition, and obesity, using matched data from the female participants of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) and their children. We address the endogeneity of maternal schooling by instrumenting it with variation in schooling costs during the mother’s adolescence. Our results show substantial intergenerational returns to education. Our data set allows us to study a large array of channels which may transmit the effect of maternal education to the child, including family environment and parental investments at different ages of the child. We discuss policy implications and relate our findings to the literature on intergenerational mobility. © 2013 European Economic Association
Bibliography Citation
Carneiro, Pedro, Costas Meghir and Matthias Parey. "Maternal Education, Home Environments, and the Development of Children and Adolescents." Journal of the European Economic Association 11, s1 (January 2013): 123-160.
2. Cunha, Flavio
Heckman, James J.
Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development
Journal of the European Economic Association 7,2-3 (April 2009): 320-364
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: MIT Press
Keyword(s): Achievement; Cognitive Development; Family Influences; Mothers, Education; Parental Influences; Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading); Skill Formation

Recent research on the economics of human development deepens understanding of the origins of inequality and excellence. It draws on and contributes to personality psychology and the psychology of human development. Inequalities in family environments and investments in children are substantial. They causally affect the development of capabilities. Both cognitive and noncognitive capabilities determine success in life but to varying degrees for different outcomes. An empirically determined technology of capability formation reveals that capabilities are self-productive and cross-fertilizing and can be enhanced by investment. Investments in capabilities are relatively more productive at some stages of a child's life cycle than others. Optimal child investment strategies differ depending on target outcomes of interest and on the nature of adversity in a child's early years. For some configurations of early disadvantage and for some desired outcomes, it is efficient to invest relatively more in the later years of childhood than in the early years.
Bibliography Citation
Cunha, Flavio and James J. Heckman. "Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development." Journal of the European Economic Association 7,2-3 (April 2009): 320-364 .