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Title: Decision-making by the Children of the NLSY
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1. Lundberg, Shelly
Romich, Jennifer L.
Tsang, Kwok Ping
Decision-making by the Children of the NLSY
Working Paper, University of Washington, April 2007
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
Publisher: School of Social Work, University of Washington
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Family Structure; Maternal Employment; Parent-Child Relationship/Closeness; Parenting Skills/Styles; Parents, Behavior

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Also presented at the Work, Family and Public Policy Seminar, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, April 2007.

We investigate the acquisition of decision-making power by young adolescents. Whereas previous economic models have treated children as either goods consumed or investment choices made by adults, we develop a model of non-cooperative interaction between parents and children. Using child reports of decision-making and psychological and cognitive measures from the NLSY79 Child Supplement, we find evidence that child preferences, child capabilities, and parental discretion all shape who makes decisions about young adolescents' lives. The determinants of sole decision-making by the child and shared decision-making with parents are quite distinct. Results indicate that sharing decisionmaking is a form of parental investment in child development rather than a simple stage in the transfer of authority.

Bibliography Citation
Lundberg, Shelly, Jennifer L. Romich and Kwok Ping Tsang. "Decision-making by the Children of the NLSY." Working Paper, University of Washington, April 2007.