The role of childhood health for the intergenerational transmission of human capital : evidence from administrative data


Salm, Martin ; Schunk, Daniel


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2056
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-20560
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
The title of a journal, publication series: MEA Discussion Papers
Volume: 164
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des MEA (Mannheim Research Institute For the Economics of Aging) > MEA Discussion Papers
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Classification: JEL: I12 I20 J13 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Kind , Gesundheitsförderung , Kindersoziologie , Herkunftsfamilie , Bildungsstatus
Keywords (English): Health inequality , human capital formation , childhood health , intergenerational mobility
Abstract: We use unique administrative German data to examine the role of childhood health for the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Specifically, we examine the extent to which a comprehensive list of health conditions – diagnosed by government physicians – can account for developmental gaps between the children of college educated parents and those of less educated parents. In total, health conditions explain 18% of the gap in cognitive ability and 65% of that in language ability, based on estimations with sibling fixed effects. Thus, policies aimed at reducing disparities in child achievement should also focus on improving the health of disadvantaged children effects. Thus, policies aimed at reducing disparities in child achievement should also focus on improving the health of disadvantaged children.
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