Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34753
Authors: 
Lundberg, Shelly
Romich, Jennifer
Tsang, Kwok P.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2952
Abstract: 
In this paper, we examine the determinants of decision-making power by children and young adolescents. Moving beyond previous economic models that treat children as goods consumed by adults rather than agents, we develop a noncooperative model of parental control of child behavior and child resistance. Using child reports of decision-making and psychological and cognitive measures from the NLSY79 Child Supplement, we examine the determinants of shared and sole decision-making in seven domains of child activity. We find that the determinants of sole decision-making by the child and shared decision-making with parents are quite distinct: sharing decisions appears to be a form of parental investment in child development rather than a simple stage in the transfer of authority. In addition, we find that indicators of child capability and preferences affect reports of decision-making authority in ways that suggest child demand for autonomy as well as parental discretion in determining these outcomes.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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