Family Income and Child Outcomes in Canada

20 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2004

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Martin D. Dooley

McMaster University - Department of Economics

Jennifer M. Stewart

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

Abstract

A positive relationship between income and child outcomes has been observed in data from numerous countries. A key question concerns the extent to which this association represents a causal relationship as opposed to unobserved heterogeneity. We use data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth to implement a series of empirical strategies for estimating the existence and size of the effect of income on three measures of cognition. Our results indicate that the effect of income on these outcomes may well be positive, but that it is likely to be smaller than conventional estimates.

JEL Classification: I10

Suggested Citation

Dooley, Martin D. and Stewart, Jennifer M., Family Income and Child Outcomes in Canada. Canadian Journal of Economics Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 898-917, November 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=605126

Martin D. Dooley (Contact Author)

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kenneth Taylor Hall Room 410
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Jennifer M. Stewart

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration ( email )

1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada

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