A new GLO Discussion Paper finds that fixed costs play an important role in explaining human capital underinvestments of parents.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1027, 2022
Why do Parents Underinvest in their Children’s Education? Evidence from China – Download PDF
by Wang, Jiyuan & Alessie, Rob & Angelini, Viola
GLO Fellow Viola Angelini
Author Abstract: In this paper we study whether the presence of binding liquidity constraints and the existence of fixed costs can explain the underinvestment of parents in their children’s human capital. We first incorporate these two potential mechanisms into the theoretical model of Raut & Tran (2005) and then we test their empirical relevance using data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). Our results show that especially fixed costs play an important role in explaining human capital underinvestment.
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