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Mariana Zerpa

Department of Economics
University of Arizona
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1130 E Helen St., Tucson, AZ 85721

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November 2015Short-run Effects of Parental Job Loss on Child Health
with Jessamyn Schaller: w21745
Recent research suggests that parental job loss has negative effects on children's outcomes, including their academic achievement and long-run educational and labor market outcomes. In this paper we turn our attention to the effects of parental job loss on children's health. We combine health data from 16 waves of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which allows us to use a fixed effects specification and still have a large sample of parental job displacements. We find that paternal job loss is detrimental to the physical and mental health of children in low-socioeconomic status (SES) families, increasing their incidence of injuries and mental disorders. We separately find that maternal job loss leads to reductions in the incidence of infectious illness among children in high-SES familie...
 
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