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The intergenerational effect of parental education on child health: evidence from the UK

Silles, Mary A.

Authors

Mary A. Silles



Abstract

While many earlier studies have shown a positive correlation between parents' education and children health, little attempt has been made to address the possibility that unobserved characteristics underlie this intergenerational relationship. This paper explores the effect of additional schooling induced through compulsory schooling laws in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on child health as measured by long-term illness. Despite statistically significant ordinary least squares estimates, the instrumental variable estimates reveal little if any causal relationship between parental education and long-term illness in children. This is true for both two-parent and single-parent families.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 4, 2015
Journal Education Economics
Print ISSN 0964-5292
Electronic ISSN 1469-5782
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 455-469
APA6 Citation Silles, M. A. (2015). The intergenerational effect of parental education on child health: evidence from the UK. Education Economics, 23(4), 455-469. https://doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2013.858660
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2013.858660
Keywords Education; Health; Endogeneity bias
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