Join us in our upcoming Applied Economics Seminar at the Graduate Center organized by Professor David A. Jaeger.
A lecture by: Chinhui Juhn, University of Houston and NBER
“The Quantity-Quality Trade-off and the Formation of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills”
We estimate the impact of increases in family size on childhood and adult outcomes using matched mother-child data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. We find that families face a substantial quantity-quality trade-off: increases in family size decrease parental investment, decrease childhood cognitive abilities, and increase behavioral problems. The negative effects on cognitive abilities are much larger for girls while the detrimental effects on behavior are larger for boys. We also find evidence of heterogeneous effects by mother’s AFQT score, with the negative effects on cognitive scores being much larger for children of mothers with low AFQT scores.
Author’s website: http://www.uh.edu/~cjuhn/
Paper available here
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Location: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
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