Early skill formation and the efficiency of parental investment: a randomized controlled trial of home visiting

Doyle, O., Harmon, C., Heckman, J.J., Logue, C. and Moon, S.H., 2017. Early skill formation and the efficiency of parental investment: a randomized controlled trial of home visiting. Labour Economics, 45, pp. 40-58. ISSN 0927-5371

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Abstract

This paper presents evidence on early skill formation and parental investment using an experimentally designed, home visiting program targeting disadvantaged Irish families. Program effects from pregnancy to 18 months are estimated using measures of parenting and child cognitive, noncognitive and physical development. Permutation testing, a stepdown procedure, and inverse probability weighting are applied to account for small sample size, multiple hypothesis testing, and attrition. The program's impact is concentrated on parental behaviors and the home environment with small to moderate effect sizes found. Deficits in parenting skills can be offset within a relatively short timeframe, yet continued investment may be required to observe child effects.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Labour Economics
Creators: Doyle, O., Harmon, C., Heckman, J.J., Logue, C. and Moon, S.H.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: April 2017
Volume: 45
ISSN: 0927-5371
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.labeco.2016.11.002DOI
1235124Other
S0927537116303086Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Nov 2019 10:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 10:38
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38308

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