The Effect of the Loss of a Parent on the Future Earnings of a Minor Child
John C. Kane
SUNY-Oswego - Department of Economics
Lawrence M. Spizman
State University of New York - Department of Economics
James D. Rodgers
Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts - Department of Economic
Rick R. Gaskins
Gaskins Associates, PC
Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp. 370-390, 2010
We quantify the effect of a parent's absence on a child's future earnings. A parent's absence because of separation or divorce reduces a child's lifetime earnings between 3 and 12 percent. Lifetime educational attainment is adversely affected by between 2 and 4 percent if a parent of the same gender as the child dies (a smaller impact than if absence is because of separation or divorce). No such adverse effect is found if a girl's father or a boy's mother dies. We conclude that it is sensible that lifetime earnings loss to children not be estimated in a parent's wrongful death case.
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Date posted: July 6, 2010
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