Title

Parental Health Shocks, Child Labor and Educational Outcomes: Evidence From Tanzania

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2015

Department

International Studies

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Health Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of parental illness on children's education. We find that only father's illness decreases children's school attendance. Father's illness also has long-term impacts on child education, as it decreases children's likelihood of completing primary school and leads to fewer years of schooling. However, we find no evidence that father's illness affects schooling through increased child labor. Instead, father's illness decreases household's income and reduces school attendance possibly because of the reduced ability of the family to afford education. In contrast, mother's illness and illness of other household members have no effect on children's schooling.

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DOI

10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.09.004

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