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The Effect of the Loss of a Parent on the Future Earnings of a Minor Child

21 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010  

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

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Kane, John C. and Spizman, Lawrence M. and Rodgers, James D. and Gaskins, Rick R., The Effect of the Loss of a Parent on the Future Earnings of a Minor Child (2010). Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp. 370-390, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1633321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/eej.2010.25

John C. Kane (Contact Author)

SUNY-Oswego - Department of Economics ( email )

Oswego, NY
United States
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Lawrence M. Spizman

State University of New York - Department of Economics ( email )

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Oswego, NY
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James David Rodgers

Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts - Department of Economic ( email )

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Bellefonte, PA 16823-9070
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Rick R. Gaskins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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