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

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Yilan Xu

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Tansel Yilmazer

Ohio State University

Date Written: February 13, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Xu, Yilan and Yilmazer, Tansel, Linking Childhood Resources to Adulthood Obesity and Health: The Role of Permanent and Transitory Income (February 13, 2019). 2019 Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3250437

Yilan Xu (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

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Urbana, IL 61801
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Tansel Yilmazer

Ohio State University ( email )

Department of Consumer Sciences
1787 Neil Avenue, 265E Campbell Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

HOME PAGE: http://pincock-yilmazer.com/tansel/

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