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Children's Socio-Emotional Skills: Is there a Quantity-Quality Trade-off?
Briole, Simon; Le Forner, Helene; Lepinteur, Anthony
2020In Labour Economics
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Keywords :
Non-cognitive skills; Family size; Birth order; Child development
Abstract :
[en] Although it is widely acknowledged that non-cognitive skills matter for adult outcomes, little is known about the role played by family environment in the formation of these skills. We use a longitudinal survey of children born in the UK in 2000-2001, the Millennium Cohort Study by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, to estimate the effect of family size on socio-emotional skills, measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. To account for the endogeneity of fertility decisions, we use a well-known instrumental approach that exploits parents' preference for children's gender diversity. We show that the birth of a third child negatively affects the socio-emotional skills of the first two children in a persistent manner. However, we show that this negative effect is entirely driven by girls. We provide evidence that this gender effect is partly driven by an unequal response of parents' time investment in favour of boys and, to a lesser extent, by an unequal demand for household chores.
Disciplines :
Microeconomics
Author, co-author :
Briole, Simon
Le Forner, Helene
Lepinteur, Anthony ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Children's Socio-Emotional Skills: Is there a Quantity-Quality Trade-off?
Publication date :
2020
Journal title :
Labour Economics
ISSN :
0927-5371
Publisher :
Elsevier, Netherlands
Peer reviewed :
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