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Are Children's Socio-Emotional Skills Shaped by Parental Health Shocks?

Esteban Garcia-Miralles and Miriam Gensowski

No 20-21, CEBI working paper series from University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. The Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI)

Abstract: Child skills are shaped by parental investments. When parents experience a health shock, their investments and therefore their children's skills may be affected. This paper estimates causal effects of severe parental health shocks on child socio-emotional skills. Drawing on a large-scale survey linked to hospital records, we find that socio-emotional skills of 11-16 year-olds are robust to parental health shocks, with the exception of significant but very small reductions in Conscientiousness. We study short-run effects with a child-fixed effects model, and dynamics around the shocks with event studies. A sibling comparison suggests some long-run build-up of effects of early shocks.

Keywords: Big Five personality traits; development of personality traits; parental health shocks; socio-emotional skills; non-cognitive skills; skill formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
Date: 2020-07-09
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