An equilibrium model of child maltreatment

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We propose a dynamic equilibrium model of human capital development of a child that can explain why a parent-child relationship might lead to child maltreatment. Assuming that a parent cannot observe a child's human capital accumulation or effort, and that the child's time preference develops endogenously, an unstable path of the parent's beliefs regarding the child can persist in equilibrium when the parent faces a high degree of uncertainty in inferring the child's human capital. The parent with an initial high estimate of the human capital then tends to underestimate the child's effort, which results in persistently punitive-abusive- nteractions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehavioral Interactions, Markets, and Economic Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationTopics in Behavioral Economics
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9784431555018
ISBN (Print)9784431555001
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 12


  • Child development
  • Family education
  • Human capital production
  • Parental intervention
  • Time preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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