The Impact of Maternal Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on Children&Apos;S Behavior Problems: Evidence from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey..

35 Pages Posted: 21 May 2000 Last revised: 10 Jul 2021

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Pinka Chatterji

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sara Markowitz

Emory University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2000

Abstract

This study uses data from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to test for evidence of a causal relationship between maternal alcohol use, marijuana use and cocaine use, and children's behavior problems. Ordinary least squares results provide strong evidence that maternal substance use is associated with children's behavior problems. Models that account for the potential endogeneity of maternal substance use yield mixed results. Models estimated using instrumental variables (IV) methods are inconsistent with OLS findings. Child-specific and family-specific fixed effects models suggest that maternal alcohol, marijuana and cocaine use are associated with increases in behavior problems.

Suggested Citation

Chatterji, Pinka and Markowitz, Sara, The Impact of Maternal Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on Children&Apos;S Behavior Problems: Evidence from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey.. (May 2000). NBER Working Paper No. w7692, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=228985

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