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Essays on Human Capital, Fertility, and Child Development

Abstract This dissertation consists of two chapters. The first chapter studies children's skill formation technology while endogenizing the maternal age and child investments. I estimate the effect of a mother's age at childbirth on her child's health, skill level, educational attainment, and adulthood earnings. There is a tradeoff between delaying childbirth to provide a more secure economic environment for mother and child versus the potential negative biological consequences for a child of having an older parent. I quantify this tradeoff. The results indicate that a five-year decrease in the maternal age of educated women, ceteris paribus, results in over 0.50 std increase in the child’s skill level due to an increase in the child’s a... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Eshaghnia, Seyed Mohammad Sadegh (Author) / Zafar, Basit (Advisor) / Aucejo, Esteban (Advisor) / Wiswall, Matthew (Committee member) / Ventura, Gustavo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Economics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 215 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Economics 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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