Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/97513
Authors: 
Kemptner, Daniel
Marcus, Jan
Year of Publication: 
Mar-2013
Citation: 
[Journal:] Review of Economics of the Household [ISSN:] 1569-5239 [Volume:] 11 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 29-54
Abstract: 
This study investigates the effects of maternal education on child's health and health behavior. We draw on a rich German panel data set containing information about three generations. This allows instrumenting maternal education by the number of her siblings while conditioning on grandparental characteristics. The instrumental variables approach has not yet been used in the intergenerational context and works for the sample sizes of common household panels. We find substantial effects on health behavior for adolescent daughters, but neither for adolescent sons nor for the health status of newborns. We show that possible concerns for the validity of the instrument are unlikely to compromise these results. We discuss mother's health behavior, assortative mating, household income, and child¿s schooling track as possible channels of the estimated effects. Maternal education seems to affect daughter's smoking behavior through the higher likelihood of the daughter pursuing a higher secondary schooling track.
Subjects: 
intergenerational mobility
health
health behavior
instrumental variables
JEL: 
C26
I12
J26
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Additional Information: 
The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11150-012-9161-x
Document Type: 
Article

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