Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145155
Authors: 
Pieters, Janneke
Rawlings, Samantha
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10021
Abstract: 
This paper studies the causal effect of maternal and paternal unemployment on child health in China, analyzing panel data for the period 1997-2004, when the country underwent economic reforms leading to massive layoffs. We find that paternal unemployment reduces child health, while maternal unemployment has beneficial child health impacts. Analysis of channels shows that paternal and maternal unemployment have different effects on income, time use, mothers' blood pressure, and certain health investments, including children's diets. Our results support the notion that traditional gender roles can explain why mothers and fathers' unemployment affect child health so differently.
Subjects: 
child health
unemployment
nutrition
China
JEL: 
I12
J13
J69
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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