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Schooling and Parental Death

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  • Paul Gertler

    (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley & NBER)

  • David I. Levine

    (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley)

  • Minnie Ames

    (Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley)

Abstract

Loss of a parent is one of the most traumatic events a child can face. If loss of a parent reduces investments in children, it can also have long-lasting implications. This study uses parametric and semi-nonparametric matching techniques to estimate how one human capital investment, school enrollment, is affected by a parent's recent death. We analyze data from 600,000 households from Indonesia's National Socioeconomic Survey (SUSENAS) during 1994-96. We find a parent's recent death has a large effect on a child's enrollment. We also use this shock to test several theories of intra-household allocation and find little differential treatment based on the gender of the child or the deceased parent.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series HEW with number 0303001.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 25 Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0303001

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