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Title: Essays on intergenerational transmission of cognitive skills
Author: Psyllou, Maria
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 5221
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis comprises of three essays on intergenerational transmission of cognitive skills, employing data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), the most recent longitudinal dataset for Britain. The first essay investigates the intergenerational transmission of human capital in Britain. Controlling for endogeneity under instrumental variable estimation, we show that there is a positive relationship between parent schooling and child cognitive tests. It also provides evidence for the importance of parental intervention in the very early years of a child's life. The second essay examines the effect of parental education on child decision making under uncertainty. Using measures of different components of decision making and using proxy variables to control for endogeneity, we show that children whose parents have a higher levels of education make higher quality decisions, and that their decisions are consistent with more risk averse behaviour. The third essay explores the impact of parental depression on child cognitive development. We find that children whose parents are depressed obtain lower scores on cognitive tests, and therefore perform worse than children whose parents are not depressed. This result is particularly prominent for maternal depression. We also find that children from wealthier families score higher in cognitive tests than children who come from poor families, by examining how household socio-economic status may effect the relationship between parental depression and child cognitive skills.
Supervisor: Oliveira, Tania ; Matheson, Jesse Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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