Parents' Incomes and Children's Outcomes: A Quasi-Experiment.


Journal Article

We examine the role that an exogenous increase in household income due to a government transfer unrelated to household characteristics plays in children's long run outcomes. Children in affected households have higher levels of education in their young adulthood and a lower incidence of criminality for minor offenses. Effects differ by initial household poverty status. An additional $4000 per year for the poorest households increases educational attainment by one year at age 21 and reduces having ever committed a minor crime by 22% at ages 16-17. Our evidence suggests that improved parental quality is a likely mechanism for the change.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Akee, RKQ; Copeland, WE; Keeler, G; Angold, A; Costello, EJ

Published Date

  • January 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 86 - 115

PubMed ID

  • 20582231

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20582231

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/app.2.1.86


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States