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Partial Insurance and Investments in Children

Carneiro, PM; Ginja, R; (2016) Partial Insurance and Investments in Children. The Economic Journal , 126 (596) F66-F95. 10.1111/ecoj.12421. Green open access

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This article studies the impact of permanent and transitory shocks to income on parental investments in children. We use panel data on family income and an index of investments in children, from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. We find that there is partial insurance of parental investments against permanent income shocks but the magnitude of the estimated responses is small. We cannot reject the hypothesis of full insurance against temporary shocks. Another interpretation of our findings is that insurance possibilities are limited but the fact that skill is a non-separable function of parental investments over time results in small reactions of these investments to income shocks, especially at later ages.

Type: Article
Title: Partial Insurance and Investments in Children
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12421
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12421
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Insurance, human capital, consumption
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1519699
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