The Intergenerational Effects of Language Proficiency on Child Health Outcomes
Nicole Black and
Johannes Kunz ()
No 05-19, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics
Language proficiency is a crucial skill for immigrants that influences their social integration and their childrenâ€™s development. This study examines the intergenerational effects of limited English proficiency (LEP) on childrenâ€™s health and health care utilisation. We use 10 years of Australian administrative health care records linked to survey data, and a structural break in language acquisition, based on the parentâ€™s age at arrival into Australia. We find that parental LEP has a strong and positive effect on childrenâ€™s health care costs, but no effect on their physical or mental health. A lack of parent social networks is a plausible explanation.
Keywords: Second-Generation; Language Proficiency; Health Outcomes; Health Care Utilisation; Parenting Styles; Social Networks. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 I12 J13 J24 J61 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
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