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Marcos Rangel, Duke University

Mama Knows (and Does) Best: Maternal Schooling Opportunities and Child Development in Indonesia
When Oct 11, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where TBD
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

This paper leverages quasi-experimental variation in increased access to basic formal education, introduced by a large-scale school construction program in Indonesia in the 1970s, to quantify the benefits to the children of women targeted by the program. Novel and rich data allow the analysis of a range of health, cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes for children ages 6 to 8 in 2013. We find that increased maternal access to schooling has positive effects on children's development along multiple developmental outcomes. We also explore pathways of these intergenerational effects. Mothers who were exposed to more schooling opportunities during childhood demonstrate less hostility toward their own children as parents and invest more in their own children's preschool education.

About the Speaker

Marcos Rangel is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Duke University. He is an applied microeconomist specializing in development economics and population economics, with particular focus on human capital and related public policy topics. His research pays particular attention to the intra-family decision process (parents and children) and to racial differentials.

Seminar Format

Note: Seminar is on a Tuesday, and not the typical Monday Schedule

Location: TBD

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