Are Television and Video Games Really Harmful for Kids?
15 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 2015
Are watching television (TV) and playing video games really harmful for children’s development? By using a unique longitudinal dataset with detailed information on children’s development and health, we examined the causal effect of hours of TV watched or of video games played on school-aged children’s problem behavior, orientation to school, and obesity. The results suggested that the answer to the question is yes, but the magnitude of the effect is sufficiently small to be considered as negligible. The results were robust to within-twin-fixed effects.
JEL Classification: I10, I20
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