How do parental choices affect children’s achievements?

The ESRC Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is hosting a workshop on parental beliefs and parental investments in children. This will focus on new research investigating the importance of individual expectations (i.e. beliefs) in determining choices, with a focus on the expectations that parents have regarding the returns to their investment in children. It will also include research that analyses other behavioural influences on the time and money investments that parents make.

The papers in this workshop contribute to growing interest in economics and the other social sciences in the early life determinants of differences in achievement between children from families of high vs low socioeconomic status. Some of the papers at this conference use purposively gathered experimental data, while others use under-explored secondary data. The keynote speakers are Orazio Attanasio (UCL, UK) and Flavio Cunha (Rice University, USA). The conference is jointly organized by Sonia Bhalotra, Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono and Birgitta Rabe.

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The draft programme is as follows:

Day 1 – 8 May

10.15-11.00 Registration & refreshments

11.00-11.15 Welcome – tbc

11.15-12.15 Keynote: Orazio Attanasio (UCL): tbc

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.00 Cheti Nicoletti (York): The response of parental time investments to the child’s skills and health (Discussant- Ben Etheridge (Essex))

14.00-14.45 Teodora Boneva (UCL): Human Capital Production and Parental Beliefs (Discussant- Emilia Del Bono (Essex))

14.45-15.30 Birgitta Rabe (Essex): Behavioural Responses of Families to Information on School Quality: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data (Discussant- Marco Francesconi (Essex))

15.30-15.50 Tea break

15.50-16.35 Adeline Delavande (Essex): Perceived returns from early-life investments and maternal investments in children (Discussant- Flavio Cunha (Rice))

16.35-17.20 Pietro Biroli (Zurich): Maternal Depression, Women’s Empowerment, and Parental Investment: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial (Discussant- Domenico Tabasso (Essex))

From 18.00 Dinner, Wivenhoe House Hotel (on campus)

Day 2 – 9 May

9.15-10.15 Keynote: Flavio Cunha (Rice): tbc

10.15-10.35 Tea break

10.35-11.20 Andreea Mitrut (Gothenburg): Bridging the Gap for Roma: The Effects of an Ethnically Targeted Program on Prenatal Care and Child Health (Discussant- Sofia Amaral (Essex))

11.20 -12.05 Marcos Vera-Hernandez (UCL): Extrinsic Incentives, Norms, and Image Motivation: Evidence from a Large Scale Field Experiment with Nigerian midwives

12.05-13.05 Lunch

13.05-13.50 Carlos Madeira (Banco Central de Chile): Rationality of Discrete Predictions (Discussant- Pamela Giustinelli (Bocconi)

13.50-14.35 Katja Kaufmann (Mannheim): Education choices and returns on the labor and marriage markets: Evidence from data on subjective expectations (Discussant: Matthias Parey (Essex))

14.35-14.55 Tea break

14.55-15.40 Hanna Muhlrad (Stockholm): Delivery Mode for High-risk Pregnancies: Effects on Fertility, Health and Labor Market Outcomes (Discussant- Bernhard Schmidpeter (Essex))

15.40 End

For additional enquires please contact Amy Sheridan:

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