Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2007:1: Child Health and Family Income: Physical and Psychosocial Health

Ruth-Aïda Nahum
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Ruth-Aïda Nahum: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: Institute for Futures Studies, Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This paper contributes to the important policy related literature on income and health by providing a detailed investigation of the family income/child health relationship using matched parent–child survey data from the Swedish Survey of Living Conditions (ULF). This study differs from previous work in the field in a number of respects. First, we focus on both physical as well as on the psychosocial health of the child. Second, we focus on the parent’s socioeconomic background as well as on the liquidity constraint problems the household faces. We find little evidence of an income gradient or effect on children’s physical and psychosocial health. However, our study suggests that the occurrence of liquidity constraints in the household increases the likelihood of the child having a lower psychosocial health status.

Keywords: child health; income gradient; liquidity constraint; psychosocial health

JEL-codes: I12; I30

36 pages, January 2007

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-89655-99-7

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