Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The non-effect of parents education on health

Parental education and child health: Evidence from a schooling reform
This paper investigates the impact of parental education on child health outcomes. To identify the causal effect we explore exogenous variation in parental education induced by a schooling reform in 1947, which raised the minimum school leaving age in the UK. Findings based on data from the National Child Development Study suggest that increasing the school leaving age by 1 year had little effect on the health of their offspring. Schooling did however improve economic opportunities by reducing financial difficulties among households.

Maarten Lindeboom, Ana Llena-Nozal and Bas van der Klaauw

Journal of Health Economics Volume 28, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 109-131

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