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Locus of control and its intergenerational implications for early childhood skill formation

Lekfuangfu, Warn N., Cornaglia, Francesca, Powdthavee, Nattavudh and Warrinnier, Nele (2014) Locus of control and its intergenerational implications for early childhood skill formation. CEP discussion papers (CEPDP1293). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London.

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We propose a model in which parents have a subjective belief about the impact of their investment on the early skill formation of their children. This subjective belief is determined in part by locus of control (LOC), i.e., the extent to which individuals believe that their actions can influence future outcomes. Using a unique British cohort survey, we show that maternal LOC measured during the 1st trimester strongly predicts early and late child cognitive and noncognitive outcomes. Further, we utilize the variation in maternal LOC to improve the specification typically used in the estimation of parental investment effects on child development.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I31 - General Welfare; Basic Needs; Living Standards; Quality of Life; Happiness
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J01 - Labor Economics: General
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 11:23
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:32
Projects: 092731, R01AG040640
Funders: UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, US National Institute on Aging, Economic & Social Research Council

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