Intergenerational Effects of Disability Benefits - Evidence from Canadian Social Assistance Programs
AbstractUsing Statistics Canada's National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), this paper presents the first evidence on whether increased disability benefits reduce the negative consequences of parental disability on childrenâ€™s well-being. Using a continuous difference-in-differences (DD) approach, we analyze whether gaps in developmental outcomes between children of disabled and non-disabled parents vary with the benefit level. We find strong evidence that higher parental disability benefits lead to improvements in children's cognitive functioning and non-cognitive development, as measured by math scores in standardized tests, and hyperactive and emotional anxiety symptoms. The effect is larger on children with a disabled mother than on those with a disabled father - which is consistent with the â€œgood mother hypothesisâ€ that a motherâ€™s income is more likely than a fatherâ€™s to be spent in ways that benefit the children.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series CLSSRN working papers with number clsrn_admin-2013-35.
Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jul 2013
Date of revision: 30 Jul 2013
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Disability Benefits; Child Well-Being; Welfare; Intergenerational Transmission;
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- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
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