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The long‐run effect of childhood poverty and the mediating role of education

Luna Bellani () and Michela Bia

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, 2019, vol. 182, issue 1, 37-68

Abstract: The paper examines the role of education as a causal channel through which growing up poor affects the economic outcomes in adulthood in the European Union. We apply a potential outcomes approach to quantify those effects and we provide a sensitivity analysis on possible unobserved confounders, such as child ability. Our estimates indicate that being poor in childhood significantly decreases the level of income in adulthood and increases the average probability of being poor. Moreover, our results reveal a significant role of education in this intergenerational transmission. These results are particularly relevant for Mediterranean and central and eastern European countries.

Date: 2019
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