Self-Productivity in Early Childhood


Coneus, Katja ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/1625
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-16251
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 370 Education
Classification: JEL: I20 J13 J24 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Kind , Gesundheit , Qualifikation , Bildungsniveau , Schätzung , Deutschland
Keywords (English): self-productivity , early childhood , skill formation , birth weight , health
Abstract: Self-productivity is a crucial feature in the process of skill formation. It means that skills and health acquired at one stage in the life cycle enhance skills and health formation at later stages. This paper presents an empirical investigation of self-productivity in early childhood in Germany. The data are drawn from the mother-child questionnaire of the German Socio-Economic Panel for the birth cohorts 2002-2005. The magnitude of self-productivity varies between skills and over time. A one percent increase in birth weight increase child’s noncognitive skills by 0.34 percent and child’s health by 0.64 percent at the age of 3-18 months. Until the age of 42 months a one percent increases in child’s noncognitive skills enhances child’s verbal skills by 0.57 percent and child’s everyday skills by 1.04 percent. Furthermore, our estimates suggest synergies between child’s health and child’s noncognitive skills.
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