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Title: Decision-Making by the Children of the NLSY
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1. Lundberg, Shelly
Romich, Jennifer L.
Decision-Making by the Children of the NLSY
Working Paper, University of Washington, June 20, 2006.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
Publisher: School of Social Work, University of Washington
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Family Structure; Maternal Employment; Parent-Child Relationship/Closeness; Parenting Skills/Styles; Parents, Behavior

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In this paper we present a very simple model of a parent's choice among three alternate parenting regimes -- parental control, child autonomy, and shared decision-making -- as a framework for an empirical investigation of child reports of who makes decision about their activities. We describe the child decision-making indices constructed from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Child data (NLSY-C), and present ordered logit models of shared and sole decision-making on seven domains of child activity. We find that the determinants of sole decision-making by the child and shared decision-making with parents are quite distinct, and that sharing decisions appears to be a form of parental investment in child development rather than a simple stage in the transfer of authority.

The data we use are from the ongoing National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and the associated Child Supplement and Work History files. The NLSY tracks a nationally representative sample of men and women who were age 14-21 in 1979. ...This analysis uses a pooled sample constructed from the universe of children ages 10-14 in the 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 waves. Some children may contribute more than one observation: an 11-year-old surveyed in 1996 might also be included as a 13-year-old in 1998. Eliminating observations with wave-specific child or parent non-response on the key dependent and labor supply variables gives a sample of 6280 child-years.

Also presented: Insitute for Social Sciences, Cornell University, April 4, 2006; Institute for Economy, University of Bergen, June 14, 2006; Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) Monday Seminars, University of Essex, Colchester, England, October 9, 2006.
Bibliography Citation
Lundberg, Shelly and Jennifer L. Romich. "Decision-Making by the Children of the NLSY." Working Paper, University of Washington, June 20, 2006.