How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?


Journal Article

We examine the effects of a quasi-experimental unconditional household income transfer on child emotional and behavioral health and personality traits. Using longitudinal data, we find that there are large beneficial effects on children's emotional and behavioral health and personality traits during adolescence. We find evidence that these effects are most pronounced for children who start out with the lowest initial endowments. The income intervention also results in improvements in parental relationships which we interpret as a potential mechanism behind our findings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Akee, R; Copeland, W; Costello, EJ; Simeonova, E

Published Date

  • March 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 775 - 827

PubMed ID

  • 29568124

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29568124

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8282

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/aer.20160133


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States