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Health at birth, parental investments, and academic outcomes

Author(s): Bharadwaj, Prashant; Eberhard, Juan Pedro; Neilson, Christopher A.

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Abstract: © 2018 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. This paper explores the relationship among health at birth, academic outcomes, and the potential role of parental investments using administrative panel data from Chile. Using detailed data on parental investments, we find that investments are compensatory regarding initial health, but not across twins. Twins fixed effects models estimate a persistent effect of birth weight on academic achievement, while ordinary least squares and siblings fixed effects models find this relationship to decline over time.We view these findings in the context of a model of human capital accumulation where parental investments respond to initial endowments and spill over to siblings.
Publication Date: 1-Feb-2018
Citation: Bharadwaj, P, Eberhard, JP, Neilson, CA. (2018). Health at birth, parental investments, and academic outcomes. Journal of Labor Economics, 36 (2), 349 - 394. doi:10.1086/695616
DOI: doi:10.1086/695616
ISSN: 0734-306X
Pages: 349 - 394
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Labor Economics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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