Adolescents’ time allocation and skill production

Jurges, Hendrik and Khanam, Rasheda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1130-2357 (2021) Adolescents’ time allocation and skill production. Economics of Education Review, 85:102178. ISSN 0272-7757


Abstract

Using comprehensive time use data pertaining to Australian children (aged 10 to 15), we study the link between time inputs – educational activities, sports, and screen time – and cognitive as well as non-cognitive skills. Potential endogeneity of time inputs is addressed by adjusting for a comprehensive set of covariates, including initial skills and past inputs and outputs. We support our identifying assumption with a recently developed omitted variable test that exploits bunching of time use for certain activities at zero minutes. Results on relative effects of educational activities, sports, and screen time are summarized in specification curves. Our evidence suggests that educational activities at home improve cognitive skills. Compared to sports, screen time – including computer gaming and social networks – does not seem to harm cognitive skills, but increases internalizing problems among girls.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 01:51
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 00:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: time use; education; screen time; non-cognitive skills
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380104 Economics of education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2021.102178
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43705

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