Parental Health Shocks, Child Labor and Educational Outcomes: Evidence From Tanzania
Journal of Health Economics
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.
Alam, Shamma Adeeb. "Parental Health Shocks, Child Labor and Educational Outcomes: Evidence From Tanzania." Journal of Health Economics 44 (2015): 161-75.