Linking Childhood Resources to Adulthood Obesity and Health: The Role of Permanent and Transitory Income
19 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2018 Last revised: 13 Feb 2019
Date Written: February 13, 2019
This study aims to link parental permanent and transitory income to adulthood obesity and physical health. Using data from Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), we estimate parental permanent income and windfall income when the child is in early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. We find that permanent income leads to improvements in physical health by reducing obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. The transitory income received during adolescence has larger positive effects on obesity and diabetes during adulthood. Our results suggest that the improvements in health through transitory income is generated beyond the influence of parental permanent and transitory income on educational attainment.
Keywords: childhood, adolescence, permanent income, transitory income, health
JEL Classification: I10
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