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Giuseppe Sorrenti

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Economics
Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

E-Mail: g.sorrenti@uva.nl
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Amsterdam

NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2020It Takes a Village: The Economics of Parenting with Neighborhood and Peer Effects
with Francesco Agostinelli, Matthias Doepke, Fabrizio Zilibotti: w27050
As children reach adolescence, peer interactions become increasingly central to their development, whereas the direct influence of parents wanes. Nevertheless, parents may continue to exert leverage by shaping their children's peer groups. We study interactions of parenting style and peer effects in a model where children's skill accumulation depends on both parental inputs and peers, and where parents can affect the peer group by restricting who their children can interact with. We estimate the model and show that it can capture empirical patterns regarding the interaction of peer characteristics, parental behavior, and skill accumulation among US high school students. We use the estimated model for policy simulations. We find that interventions (e.g., busing) that move children to a more...
February 2019The Economics of Parenting
with Matthias Doepke, Fabrizio Zilibotti: w25533
Parenting decisions are among the most consequential choices people make throughout their lives. Starting with the work of pioneers such as Gary Becker, economists have used the toolset of their discipline to understand what parents do and how parents' actions affect their children. In recent years, the literature on parenting within economics has increasingly leveraged findings and concepts from related disciplines that also deal with parent-child interactions. For example, economists have developed models to understand the choice between various parenting styles that were first explored in the developmental psychology literature, and have estimated detailed empirical models of children's accumulation of cognitive and noncognitive skills in response to parental and other inputs. In this p...

Published: Matthias Doepke & Giuseppe Sorrenti & Fabrizio Zilibotti, 2019. "The Economics of Parenting," Annual Review of Economics, vol 11(1).

 
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