Estimating a Static Model of Strategic Interaction within the Family

Abstract

Despite the emphasis on family involvement in the child protection process, relatively little is known about whether, and how, this impacts the way a family works toward meeting the terms of a case plan. I exploit a unique family-level data set consisting of over 5,000 families in the United States. For each of these families, I observe a discrete measure of the level of task completion for each family member, as reported by the case worker. Using a system of simultaneous discrete choice models, I estimate each family member’s choice of involvement as a static discrete game of incomplete information.

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