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The Impact of Parental Income and Education on Child Health : Further Evidence for England

  • Doyle, Orla

    (UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

  • Harmon, Colm

    (UCD Geary Institute University College Dublin and IZA)

  • Walker, Ian

This paper investigates the robustness of recent findings on the effect of parental education and income on child health. We are particularly concerned about spurious correlation arising from the potential endogeneity of parental income and education. We adopt an instrumental variables approach and our results suggest that the parental income and education effects are generally larger than are suggested by the correlations observed in the data. Moreover, we find strong support for the causal effect of income effect being large for the poor but small at the average level of income.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 788.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:788
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