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Schooling and Parental Death

  • Paul Gertler

    (UC Berkeley and NBER)

  • David I. Levine

    (UC Berkeley)

  • Minnie Ames

    (Harvard Medical School)

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 seminonpara-metric 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 1994-1996. 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 intrahousehold allocation and find little differential treatment based on the gender of the child or the deceased parent. © 2004 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 86 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 211-225

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