Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 27 July 2022 – ZOOM

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 27 July 2022, from 13.15 to 14.45 pm. The seminar will be held via ZoomKatharina Spieß (BiB) will be talking about „Well-being of Caretakers and child development – short and longer term perspectives”.

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This paper investigates the association between the subjective well-being of children’s care taker in the family context and outside the family. It investigates whether maternal life satisfaction and the life satisfaction of class teachers of day care centers attended are related with a variety of cognitive and non-cognitive skill measures of children. We observe children up to the age of 14 and have outcome measures from the age of two onwards. The analysis is based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), which allows us to control for a rich set of child and parental characteristics and to use the mother’s life satisfaction before the birth of her child as an instrument to eliminate potential reverse causality. Furthermore, we use the K2ID-SOEP data, which allow us to measure day care specific characteristics and the satisfaction of class teachers. The results indicate that the more satisfied the mother, the better her child’s skills. However, this is effects fades out over time, and is mainly significant for non-cognitive skill measures. The relation is more pronounced for boys than for girls. The results are robust even when mothers’ personality are controlled for. There are no associations with class teachers’ satisfaction. Overall, the results show the importance of parental inputs for child development at least in the short run.