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Pamela Jervis

Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Chile
Beauchef 851
Santiago, Chile

E-Mail: pjervis@dii.uchile.cl
Institutional Affiliations: University of Chile and Institute for Fiscal Studies

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2019Subjective Parental Beliefs. Their Measurement and Role
with Orazio Attanasio, Flávio Cunha: w26516
We study the importance of maternal subjective beliefs about the technology of skill formation in determining parental investments on child development. We describe our framework in three steps. First, we discuss the construction of the survey instrument we used to elicit maternal subjective beliefs. Second, we show how to convert the answers to the survey instrument into estimates of maternal subjective beliefs. Finally, we correlate maternal subjective beliefs with maternal investments of child development. We apply our framework to a unique dataset collected as part of an 18-month-long parenting stimulation program in Colombia, whose target population were low-income households with children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline and lasted 18 months. In this program, home visitors paid weekl...
 
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