Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Locus of control and its intergenerational implications forearly childhood skill formation

Lekfuangfu, Warn N, Powdthavee, Nattavudh, Warrinnier, Nele and Cornaglia, Francesca (2017) Locus of control and its intergenerational implications forearly childhood skill formation. The Economic Journal, 128 (608). pp. 298-329. ISSN 0013-0133

[img]
Preview
PDF - Accepted Version
Download (1MB) | Preview
Identification Number: 10.1111/ecoj.12414

Abstract

This paper builds upon Cunha’s (2015) subjective rationality model in which parents have a subjective belief about the impact of their investment on the early skill formation of their children. We propose that 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. Consistent with the theory, we show that maternal LOC measured at the 12th week of gestation strongly predicts maternal attitudes towards parenting style, maternal time investments, as well as early and late cognitive outcomes. We also utilize the variation in inputs and outputs by maternal LOC to help improve the specification typically used in the estimation of skill production function parameters.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2016 Royal Economic Society
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
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
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 14:56
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:20
Projects: ES/M010341/1, R01AG040640
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, University of Bristol, US National Institute on Ageing
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67366

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics