Effects of parental health shocks on children's school achievements: A register-based population study

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This paper studies how a severe parental health shock affects children's school achievements using a rich longitudinal dataset of Danish children. We use coarsened exact matching to control for potential endogeneity between parental health and children's school outcomes and employ cancer specific survival rates to measure the size of the health shock. We find robust negative (albeit small) effects of a parental health shock on children's basic school grades as well as their likelihood of starting and finishing secondary education, especially for poor prognosis cancers. We observe different outcomes across children's gender and age and gender of the ill parent, but no effects of family-related resilience factors such as parental education level. The effects appear to be driven by non-pecuniary costs rather than by pecuniary costs. Moreover, we find that the negative effects on school performance increase in the size of the health shock for both survivors and non-survivors.

TidsskriftJournal of Health Economics
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2022

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by The Research Council of Norway and is part of a multisite research project ‘Tracing causes of inequality in health and well-being’ (grant number 273812). All content is solely the responsibilities of the authors. We thank our colleagues at DaCHE for constructive comments in the making of the paper. Due to Danish Data Protection Legislation, only Danish research environments can be granted authorisation to Danish administrative registers.

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