Impacts of parental health shocks on children's non-cognitive skills


Westermaier, Franz ; Morefield, Brant ; Mühlenweg, Andrea M.


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/33791
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-337912
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-032
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Classification: JEL: I00 , J24 , I10,
Keywords (English): Human capital , health , non-cognitive skills
Abstract: We examine how parental health shocks affect children’s non-cognitive skills. Based on a German mother-and-child data base, we draw on significant changes in selfreported parental health as an exogenous source of health variation to identify effects on outcomes for children at ages of three and six years. At the age of six, we observe that maternal health shocks in the previous three years have significant negative effects on children’s behavioral outcomes. The most serious of these maternal health shocks decrease the observed non-cognitive skills up to half a standard deviation. Paternal health does not robustly affect non-cognitive outcomes.

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Westermaier, Franz ; Morefield, Brant ; Mühlenweg, Andrea M. (2013) Impacts of parental health shocks on children's non-cognitive skills. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 13-032 [Working paper]
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