Business Economics and Public Policy Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-2013

Publication Source

Journal of Public Economics

Volume

101

Start Page

25

Last Page

38

DOI

10.1016/j.jpubeco.2013.02.005

Abstract

Parents may have important effects on their children, but little work in economics explores whether children's schooling opportunities crowd out or encourage parents' investment in children. We analyze data from the Head Start Impact Study, which granted randomly chosen preschool-aged children the opportunity to attend Head Start. We find that Head Start causes a substantial increase in parents' involvement with their children—such as time spent reading to children, math activities, or days spent with children by fathers who do not live with their children—both during and after the period when their children are potentially enrolled in Head Start.

Keywords

head start, family economics, education, parents, children

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.