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The Winter’s Tale: Season of Birth Impacts on Children in China

Pushkar Maitra (), Nidhiya Menon and Chau Tran

No 09-18, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of season of birth on height, cognitive ability, and non-cognitive ability of Chinese children. We find that the child's season of birth has a significant impact on the height of girls aged less than five years in agricultural households: girls born in winter have lower height as compared to girls born in other seasons. We find, however, that this relative height differential does not translate to deficits in cognitive and non-cognitive skills when girls are adolescents. We argue that compensating investments by parents, manifested through higher parental expectations on educational attainment for poorly endowed winter-born girls, is an explanation for why the initial height disadvantage does not have persisting implications in terms of ability when girls are older

Keywords: Child Health; Cognitive and Non Cognitive Skills; Compensating Investments; Season of Birth; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 J13 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55 pages
Date: 2019-06
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