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Title: THE ROLE OF HEALTH IN THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF INCOME.
Authors: JOANNA LEE SI HAN
Keywords: intergenerational transmission of income, health mobility
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2018
Citation: JOANNA LEE SI HAN (2018-04-09). THE ROLE OF HEALTH IN THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF INCOME.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines the role of child health in the intergenerational transmission of income. I find evidence that sons raised by higher income fathers are healthier, and healthier sons enjoy higher lifetime earnings. Conditional on the son’s childhood and adulthood health, the intergenerational income elasticity falls by 16.53 percent, suggesting that the son’s health plays an important role in the intergenerational persistence of earnings. While better educated sons are often healthier, the son’s health has a role to play in the persistence of income above and beyond that captured by his educational attainment. Additionally, I find that healthier fathers have healthier sons and this could explain part of the earnings persistence. Furthermore, I document evidence that health mobility is greater than income mobility for fathers and sons in the US. There is greater upward mobility from the bottom, and greater downward mobility from the top, for health than for income.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/146979
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