Skill Formation and the Trouble with Child Non-Cognitive Skill Measures

63 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2020

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Emilia Del Bono

Institute for Social and Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Josh Kinsler

University of Georgia

Ronni Pavan

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Abstract

Research on child skill formation and related policies typically rely on parent- reported measures of child non-cognitive skills. In this paper, we show that parental assessments of child non-cognitive skills are directly affected by the skills of the parents. We develop a dynamic model of child and parental skill formation that accounts for this contamination and show how standard estimates of the production of skills are affected. We then use our model to illustrate how contamination in parental measures of child non-cognitive skills affects estimates of child development policies that also directly affect parental skills.

Keywords: children, human capital, dynamic factor analysis, measurement, policy

JEL Classification: C13, C18, I38, J13, J24

Suggested Citation

Del Bono, Emilia and Kinsler, Josh and Pavan, Ronni, Skill Formation and the Trouble with Child Non-Cognitive Skill Measures. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13713, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3695414

Emilia Del Bono (Contact Author)

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Josh Kinsler

University of Georgia ( email )

Ronni Pavan

University of Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )

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