Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173849
Authors: 
Torres, Javier
Agüero, Jorge M.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-777
Abstract: 
This paper uses seven nationally representative time use surveys in Latin America to identify key stylized facts regarding the quantity and quality of parental time investment on the skill formation of their children. Traditional models of household behavior have failed to account for the differential behavior of parents with respect to skill formation of their children vis-à-vis home production. This paper finds that, similarly to higher-income countries, there is a positive education gradient, as more educated parents spend more time on skill formation than their less educated counterparts. This pattern is observed across all countries. The paper further extends this literature by showing that more educated parents also provide better care for their children, thus increasing the socioeconomic gap.
Subjects: 
Time use
Skill formation
Latin America
JEL: 
D13
I21
J12
J13
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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