Sehrish Mohammed-Hussein - Maternal and Child Time Investments and the Cognitive Development of Children: Evidence from The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

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Title: Maternal and Child Time Investments and the Cognitive Development of Children: Evidence from The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Abstract: This paper studies the importance of maternal and child’s own educational time investment for childhood cognitive development. I use detailed time-use diary data, from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), to estimate the cognitive development production function under alternative specifications. Two key findings emerge from my analysis: when children are 2–3 years old, the most important activity for current cognitive skills is educational time spent with the mother; when children are 6–7 years old, the child’s own time investment in productive activities is more important for current cognitive skill development. Using a recently developed exogeneity test, I fail to reject exogeneity for most of the specifications used in this paper.

Presenter: Sehrish Mohammed-Hussein, Australian National University

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