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The parental wage gap and the development of socio-emotional skills in children

06 March 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join this event to hear Paul Hufe talk about the causal impact of changes in the parental wage gap – defined as the relative difference in potential wages of mothers and fathers – on the socio-emotional skills of children.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

The converging labor market opportunities of men and women have altered the economic incentives for how families invest monetary and time resources into the skill development of their children.

Paul will discuss his research, which finds that decreases in the parental wage gap do not affect the socio-emotional development of children as measured by their Big Five personality traits and externalising/internalising behavior. His results suggest that closing gender pay gaps does not imply negative effects on the socio-emotional development of the next generation.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in labour economics, equality of opportunity and child development.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Paul Hufe

Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Bristol

His research interests lie at the intersection of public, labour and normative economics. Under the overarching theme of equality of opportunity, his research agenda is driven by two main objectives.

First, he aims to strengthen the methodological toolkit that is used to quantify the extent of inequality of opportunity in current societies. Second, he aims to contribute to our understanding of which circumstantial life factors cause the unequal distribution of life chances.

More about Paul Hufe