School of Business and Economics
Catholic University of America
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2013||The Impact of Parental Death on Child Well-being: Evidence from the Indian Ocean Tsunami|
with Elizabeth Frankenberg, Wayan Suriastini, Duncan Thomas: w19357
Identifying the impact of parental death on the well-being of children is complicated because parental death is likely to be correlated with other, unobserved, factors that affect child well-being. Population-representative longitudinal data collected in Aceh, Indonesia, before and after the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami are used to identify the impact of parental deaths on the well-being of children who were age 9 through 17 years old at the time of the tsunami. Exploiting the unanticipated nature of parental death due to the tsunami in combination with measuring well-being of the same children before and after the tsunami, models that include child fixed effects are estimated to isolate the causal effect of parental death. Comparisons are drawn between those children who lost one pa...
Published: Article Demography April 2014, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 437-457 First online: 27 February 2014 Open Access The Impact of Parental Death on Child Well-being: Evidence From the Indian Ocean Tsunami Ava Gail Cas, Elizabeth Frankenberg , Wayan Suriastini, Duncan Thomas citation courtesy of