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Tiger moms and helicopter parents: The economics of parenting style


Doepke, Matthias; Zilibotti, Fabrizio (2014). Tiger moms and helicopter parents: The economics of parenting style. VOX CEPR's Policy Portal: Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Abstract

Since time immemorial, parents have struggled with the question of how best to raise their children. This column argues that the choice of parenting style is driven by incentives. Parents weigh the expected costs and benefits of implementing a certain parenting style. The popularity of the authoritarian style is declining because the economic returns to the independence of children have risen. The rising inequality implies higher returns to education. This calls for pushier parenting styles, such as the authoritative one. A decline in inequality is likely to prompt a more relaxed parenting.

Abstract

Since time immemorial, parents have struggled with the question of how best to raise their children. This column argues that the choice of parenting style is driven by incentives. Parents weigh the expected costs and benefits of implementing a certain parenting style. The popularity of the authoritarian style is declining because the economic returns to the independence of children have risen. The rising inequality implies higher returns to education. This calls for pushier parenting styles, such as the authoritative one. A decline in inequality is likely to prompt a more relaxed parenting.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:11 October 2014
Deposited On:26 Jan 2015 08:09
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 11:10
Publisher:Centre for Economic Policy Research
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.voxeu.org/article/economics-parenting

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