Intrahousehold resource allocation: do parents reduce or reinforce child ability gaps?

Frijters, Paul, Johnston, David W., Shah, Manisha and Shields, Michael A. (2013) Intrahousehold resource allocation: do parents reduce or reinforce child ability gaps?. Demography, 50 6: 2187-2208. doi:10.1007/s13524-013-0224-2

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Author Frijters, Paul
Johnston, David W.
Shah, Manisha
Shields, Michael A.
Title Intrahousehold resource allocation: do parents reduce or reinforce child ability gaps?
Journal name Demography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0070-3370
1533-7790
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13524-013-0224-2
Open Access Status
Volume 50
Issue 6
Start page 2187
End page 2208
Total pages 22
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3317 Demography
Abstract Do parents invest more or less in their high-ability children? We provide new evidence on this question by comparing observed ability differences and observed investment differences between siblings living in the United States. To overcome endogeneity issues, we use sibling differences in handedness as an instrument for cognitive ability differences. We find that parents invest more in high-ability children, with a 1 standard deviation increase in child cognitive ability increasing parental investments by approximately one-third of a standard deviation. Consequently, differences in child cognitive ability are enhanced by differential parental investments.
Keyword Children
Cognitive ability
Handedness
Parental investment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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