Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2014:8: Parental unemployment and child health

Eva Mörk (), Anna Sjögren () and Helena Svaleryd ()
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Eva Mörk: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Postal: Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala
Anna Sjögren: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Helena Svaleryd: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: We analyze to what extent health outcomes of Swedish children are worse among children whose parents become unemployed. To this end we combine Swedish hospitalization data for 1992-2007 for children 3-18 years of age with register data on parental unemployment. We find that children with unemployed parents are 17 percent more likely to be hospitalized than other children, but that most of the difference is driven by selection. A child fixed-effects approach suggests a small effect of parental unemployment on child health.

Keywords: Parental unemployment; child health; human capital

JEL-codes: I12; J13

36 pages, April 1, 2014

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