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Child poverty as a determinant of life outcomes:Evidence from nationwide surveys in Japan

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  • Takashi Oshio

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    (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

  • Shinpei Sano

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Miki Kobayashi

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

Abstract

We attempt to examine the extent to which poverty in childhood adversely affects success in adulthood, using micro data from nationwide surveys in Japan and taking into account the recursive structure of life outcomes. We use retrospective assessments of income class at the age of 15, because longitudinal data on household income are not available. After controlling for its endogeneity, we confirm that children from poor families tend to have lower educational attainment, face higher poverty risks, and assess themselves as being less happy and as suffering from poorer health.

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Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University in its series Discussion Papers with number 0911.

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Length: 37pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:0911

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Keywords: Child poverty; Educational attainment; Poverty risk; Happiness; Self-rated health;

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  1. Oshio, Takashi & Umeda, Maki & Kawakami, Norito, 2011. "Childhood adversity and adulthood happiness: Evidence from Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 529, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  2. Oshio, Takashi & Umeda, Maki & Fujii, Mayu, 2012. "The mediating effects of adulthood socioeconomic status and social support on adulthood impacts of childhood poverty in Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 538, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  3. Antonella D’Agostino & Andrea Regoli, 2013. "Life Conditions and Opportunities of Young Adults: Evidence from Italy in European Comparative Perspective," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 113(3), pages 1205-1235, September.
  4. Takashi Oshio & Maki Umeda & Norito Kawakami, 2013. "Childhood Adversity and Adulthood Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Japan," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 14(3), pages 843-860, June.
  5. Oshio, Takashi & Umeda, Maki & Kawakami, Norito, 2011. "Mediating effects of social support and socioeconomic status on the association between childhood interpersonal adversity and adulthood mental health in Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 523, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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