Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89061
Authors: 
Calderón, Ma. Cecilia
Hoddinott, John
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-247
Abstract: 
This paper examines early childhood development (ECD) outcomes and their association with family characteristics, investments, and environmental factors, with particular emphasis on the inter-generational transmission of cognitive abilities. The paper examines the causal relationship between parental cognitive abilities and ECD outcomes of their offspring using a rich data set from rural Guatemala that can account for such unobservable factors. A 10 percent increase in maternal Raven’s scores increase children’s Raven’s scores by 7. 8 percent. A 10 percent increase in maternal reading and vocabulary skills increases children’s score on a standard vocabulary test by 5 percent. Effects are larger for older children, and the impact of maternal cognitive skills is larger than for paternal skills.
JEL: 
J12
J24
N36
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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