nep-neu New Economics Papers
on Neuroeconomics
Issue of 2012‒04‒10
two papers chosen by
Daniel Houser
George Mason University

  1. Children's and Parents' Time-Use Choices and Cognitive Development during Adolescence By Daniela Del Boca; Chiara Monfardini; Cheti Nicoletti
  2. How can Language be linked to Economics? A Survey of Two Strands of Research By Weiguo Zhang; Gilles Grenier

  1. By: Daniela Del Boca (University of Turin); Chiara Monfardini (University of Bologna); Cheti Nicoletti (University of York)
    Abstract: While a large literature has focused on the impact of parental investments on child cognitive development, very little is known about the children's own investments. Information on how children use their time separately from parents is probably less informative for babies and toddlers, but it becomes more important in later stages of life, such as adolescence, when children start to take decisions independently. The objective of this research is to explore and compare the impacts of time investments by parents and children on child cognitive outcomes. By using the Child Development Supplement of the PSID (Panel Study of Income Dynamics) 1997-2007 we show that own time investments have a significant effect on cognitive outcomes of children aged 11-15, while mothers' time inputs appear less important. For younger children, the impact of mothers' time is greater.
    Keywords: time-use, cognitive ability, child development, adolescence
    JEL: J13 D1
    Date: 2012–03
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:hka:wpaper:2012-006&r=neu
  2. By: Weiguo Zhang (Center fo Economic Rsearch, Shandong University, 27 South Shanda Road, Shandong, P.R.China,250100); Gilles Grenier (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier E., Ottawa,Ontario)
    Abstract: As the use of languages is playing a more and more important role in economic activities with the globalization of the world economy, there is growing interest in the relationship between language and economic theory. The rapidly expanding literature in this field, however, is highly fragmented. It is difficult to tell what this field of study focuses on, what has actually been investigated, and what remains to be studied. The authors attempt to review, assess and categorize the major orientations of the research on the economics of language. Those include a traditional strand of research that has focused on language and economic status, the dynamic development of languages, and language policy and planning, as well as a new strand based on game theory and pragmatics. The authors propose the use of the term “Language and economics” to define this area of research.
    Keywords: economics of language, language skill, human capital, language planning, game theory, pragmatics.
    JEL: A12 J24 C79
    Date: 2012
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ott:wpaper:1206e&r=neu

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