Me in the Chronicle of Higher Education
By Bryan Caplan
My editorial on parenting has finally appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In it, I summarize some big results from time diary studies (Parental effort has risen sharply in the last few decades) and behavioral genetics (The long-run effect of parenting is greatly exaggerated), then explore their joint meaning. My conclusion should be familiar to EconLog readers:
Many of us worry that our nation will pay a heavy price in years to
come because modern parents are shirking their responsibilities to the
next generation. If you combine the results from time diaries and
behavioral genetics, however, you get a different picture. It turns out
that there is some really good news and some mildly bad news. The
really good news is that we can stop worrying about the horrible fate
of the next generation. The bad news is that parents today are making
large “investments” in their children that are unlikely to pay off.
So why am I spending so many hours reading The Cartoon History of the Universe with my sons? Because it’s fun!