Government and the distribution of skills

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Esping-Andersen, Gøsta, 1947-. Government and the distribution of skills. 2006
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dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials 2012-07-11T01:51:08Z 2012-07-11T01:51:08Z 2006-07
dc.description.abstract Individuals' life chances in the future will very much depend on how we invest in our children now. An optimal human capital model would combine a high mean with minimal variance of skills. It is well-established that early childhood learning is key to adult success. The impact of social origins on child outcomes remains strong, and the new role of women poses additional challenges to our conventional nurturing approach to child development. This paper focuses on skill development in the early years, examining how we might best combine family inputs and public policy to invest optimally in our future human capital. I emphasize three issues: one, the uneven capacity of parents to invest in children; two, the impact of mothers' employment on child outcomes; and three, the potential benefits of early pre-school programmes. I conclude that mothers' intra-family bargaining power is decisive for family investments and that universal child care is key if our goal is to arrive at a strong mean with minimal variance.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries DemoSoc working papers; 17
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dc.subject.other Recursos humans
dc.subject.other Infants -- Desenvolupament
dc.subject.other Mares treballadores
dc.subject.other Mobilitat social
dc.subject.other Pares i fills
dc.title Government and the distribution of skills
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper 2012-07-10T07:27:34Z

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