Urbanization and Daughter-Biased Parental Investment in Fiji
Parental investment decisions guide parental actions regarding children’s productive work and are shaped by ecological context. Urban ecology enhances long-term payoffs to investment in human capital, increasing opportunity costs for work performed by children, and decreased workload should result. Using an embodied capital framework, self-reported data on urban and rural Indo-Fijian children’s work activities are compared. Results show higher workloads for older children, rural children, and girls. High scholastic achievement is associated with lower workloads for girls, but not boys. This pattern is interpreted as daughter-biased investment in the context of urbanization.
Dawn B. Neill. "Urbanization and Daughter-Biased Parental Investment in Fiji" Human Nature 22.1-2 (2011): 139-155.
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