Schooling and Parental Death
AbstractLoss 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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- Gertler, Paul & Levine, David I. & Ames, Minnie, 2003. "Schooling and Parental Death," Center for International and Development Economics Research, Working Paper Series qt0dd4659h, Center for International and Development Economics Research, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
- I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
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- NEP-HEA-2003-04-02 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2003-04-02 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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