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Partial Insurance and Investments in Children

Pedro Carneiro () and Rita Ginja ()

No 2012:20, Working Paper Series from Uppsala University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of permanent and transitory shocks to income on parental investments in children. We use panel data on family income, and an index of investments in children in time and goods, from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Consistent with the literature focusing on non-durable expenditure, we find that there is only partial insurance of parental investments against permanent income shocks, and we cannot reject the hypothesis full insurance against temporary shocks. Nevertheless, the magnitude of the estimated responses is small. A permanent shock corresponding to 10% of family income leads, at most, to an increase in investments of 1.3% of a standard deviation.

Keywords: Insurance; human capital; consumption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D91 I30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2012-12-30
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