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Parental Investment in Children’s Human Capital in Urban China

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Yueh, Linda

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Abstract We test the extent of parental forgone consumption used instead to invest in children’s human capital by use of intrahousehold resource allocation models. Using an unusual, comprehensive data set for urban China, we find more spending on boys aged 13-15 but more on girls aged 16-18, suggesting that standard human capital theories and traditional perceptions of gender bias do not completely explain educational expenditure decisions. The evidence from urban China is consistent, though, with human capital models which consider parental intertemporal preferences. Also, our findings suggest that the perceived bias in favour of sons exists weakly in contemporary urban China.
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 2089-2111
Journal Applied Economics, 38 (2006) 18
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)