This paper estimates production functions of child cognitive and social development using a panel data of nine-year old children each with over two hundred home and school inputs as well as family background variables. A tree regression method is used to conduct estimation under various speci…cations. A small subset of inputs is found consistently important in explaining variances of child development results, including the number of books a child has at various ages and how often a mother reads to child by age …ve, while the e¤ects of race and maternal employment are negligible when detailed inputs are controlled.
child development, tree regression method, panel data
Behavioral Economics | Education
What Matter for Child Development?. (2006). Research Collection School Of Economics.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soe_research/907
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