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Home and School in the Development of Children

Francesco Agostinelli, Morteza Saharkhiz, Matthew J. Wiswall

NBER Working Paper No. 26037
Issued in July 2019
NBER Program(s):Children, Economics of Education

We develop a unified empirical framework for child development which nests the key features of two previously parallel research programs, the Child Development literature and the Education Production Function literature. Our framework allows for mis-measured cognitive and non-cognitive skills, classroom effects, parental influences, and complementarities. Although both are important, we estimate that differential parental investments are the more important source of end-of-kindergarten inequality than classroom quality. Quality classrooms have a larger effect on children entering kindergarten with skill deficits. Our estimated model replicates out-of-sample patterns by excluded race and family income variables and experimental results from the Tennessee STAR experiment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w26037

 
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