Human Capital Development and Parental Investment in India

In this paper we estimate production functions for cognition and health throughout four stages of childhood from 5-15 years of age using two cohorts of children drawn from the Young Lives Survey for India. The inputs into the production function include parental background, prior child cognition and health and child investments. We allow investments to be endogenous and they depend on local prices and household income, as well as on the exogenous determinants of cognition and health. We find that investments are very im- portant determinants of child cognition and of health at an earlier age. We also find that inputs are complementary and crucially that health is very important in determining cognition. Our paper contributes in understanding how early health outcomes are important in child development.


Issue Date:
2015-11
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/229128
Total Pages:
71
JEL Codes:
I14; I15; I25; I32; J13; J24; O15
Series Statement:
Economic Discussion Paper
1052




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