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Human capital spillovers in families: Do parents learn from or lean on their children?

Author(s): Kuziemko, Ilyana

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Abstract: © 2014 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. I model how children’s acquisition of a given form of human capital incentivizes adults in their household to either learn from them (if children can teach the skill to adults, adults’ cost of learning falls) or lean on them (if children’s human capital substitutes for that of adults in household production, adults’ benefit from learning falls). Using variation in compliance with an English-immersion mandate in California schools, I find that English instruction improved immigrant children’s English proficiency but discouraged adults living with them from acquiring the language. Whether family members “learn” or “lean” affects the externalities associated with education policies.
Publication Date: Oct-2014
Citation: Kuziemko, I. (2014). Human capital spillovers in families: Do parents learn from or lean on their children?. Journal of Labor Economics, 32 (4), 755 - 786. doi:10.1086/677231
DOI: doi:10.1086/677231
ISSN: 0734-306X
Pages: 755 - 786
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Labor Economics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.



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