Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/44183
Authors: 
Österbacka, Eva
Merz, Joachim
Zick, Cathleen D.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5084
Abstract: 
Parents invest in their children's human capital in several ways. We investigate the extent to which the levels and composition of parent-child time varies across countries with different welfare regimes: Finland, Germany and the United States. We test the hypothesis of parentchild time as a form of human capital investment in children using a propensity score treatment effects approach that accounts for the possible endogenous nature of time use and human capital investment. Result: There is considerable evidence of welfare regime effects on parent-child shared time. Our results provide mixed support for the hypothesis that noncare related parent-child time is human capital enriching. The strongest support is found in the case of leisure time and eating time.
Subjects: 
parent-child time
comparative research
welfare regimes
Finland
Germany
USA
treatment effects
propensity score matching
JEL: 
D1
J24
J22
H43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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