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Impacts of Parental Health Shocks on Children’s NonCognitive Skills

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  • Franz Westermaier

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    (University of Marburg)

  • Brant Morefield

    (Abt Associates Inc., Durham NC)

  • Andrea Mühlenweg

    (University of Hannover)

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We examine how parental health shocks affect children’s non-cognitive skills. Based on a German mother-and-child data base, we draw on significant changes in selfreported parental health as an exogenous source of health variation to identify effects on outcomes for children at ages of three and six years. At the age of six, we observe that maternal health shocks in the previous three years have significant negative effects on children’s behavioral outcomes. The most serious of these maternal health shocks decrease the observed non-cognitive skills up to half a standard deviation. Paternal health does not robustly affect non-cognitive outcomes.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201312.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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