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Income Shocks and Investments in Human Capital

Rita Ginja ()

No 1165, 2010 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: I find that (1) families only partially insure against income shocks, but expenditures in education of children respond less to shocks than household consumption, as parents try to shield them against shocks because investments may be complements across children's life-cycle; (2) income elasticity of investments in terms of time is larger in families with young children than in families where there are only school-age children, because at early ages there is a larger substitutability between different uses of time; and (3) better off families use savings to buffer against shocks whereas poor families resort on public transfers.

Date: 2010
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