Mothers' Care: Reversing Early Childhood Health Shocks Through Parental Investments

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Cristina Bellés-Obrero

University of Mannheim

Antonio Cabrales

University College London - Department of Economics

Sergi Jimenez-Martin

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Judit Vall-Castello

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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Date Written: 2019

Abstract

We explore the effects of a child labor regulation that changed the legal working age from 14 to 16 over the health of their offspring. We show that the reform was detrimental for the health of the son’s of affected parents at delivery. Yet, in the medium run, the effects of the reform are insignificant for both male and female children. The sons of treated mothers are perceived as still having worse health at older ages, even if their objective health status has recovered. These boys are also more likely to have private health insurance, which suggests more concerned mothers.

Keywords: minimum working age, education, child health, gender

JEL Classification: J810, I250, I120, J130

Suggested Citation

Bellés-Obrero, Cristina and Cabrales, Antonio and Jimenez-Martin, Sergi and Vall-Castello, Judit, Mothers' Care: Reversing Early Childhood Health Shocks Through Parental Investments (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7450. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338804

Cristina Bellés-Obrero (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim ( email )

Universitaetsbibliothek Mannheim
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Germany

Antonio Cabrales

University College London - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sergi Jimenez-Martin

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences ( email )

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Spain
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Judit Vall-Castello

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

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