Effects of Mother’s vs. Father’s Control of Money on Child Wellbeing
Catherine T. Kenney, Bowling Green State University
Although developing-country research has found that spending on children's food, healthcare, and education varies depending on which parent controls income, developed-country research on child wellbeing tends to ignore intrahousehold allocation. This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 1,073 couples) to analyze how mothers' versus fathers' control of money affects parental investments in children and child outcomes in the United States. I find some kinds of investments in children vary by whether their mothers or their fathers control household income, but this varies depending on the type of investment or child outcome.
Presented in Poster Session 7