Parental health and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development: New evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Le, H. and Nguyen, H. 2017. Parental health and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development: New evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children. Health Economics [In Press], which has been published in final form at 10.1002/hec.3501. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html
This paper examines the effects of parental health on cognitive and non-cognitive development in Australian children. The underlying nationally representative panel data and a child fixed effects estimator are used to deal with unobserved heterogeneity. We find that only father’s serious mental illness worsens selected cognitive and non-cognitive skills of children. Maternal poor health also deteriorates some cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of children of lone mothers only. Our results demonstrate that either failing to account for parent-child fixed effects or using child non-cognitive skills reported by parents could over-estimate the harmful impact of poor parental health on child development.
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