John List, Julie Pernaudet, Dana Suskind, 12 December 2021

Rising educational and income inequalities have been documented in nearly every corner of the earth, with associated disparities in parental investments in children. This column reports the results of two field experiments that reveal how shifting parents’ beliefs about the role of parental inputs in child development can lead to higher parental investments and be a pathway to reducing socioeconomic gaps in children’s skills.

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