Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70781
Authors: 
Westermaier, Franz
Morefield, Brant
Mühlenweg, Andrea M.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 542
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 self-reported 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.
Subjects: 
human capital
health
non-cognitive skills
JEL: 
I00
J24
I10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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