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How does household income affect child personality traits and behaviors?

Date Added to Library: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:59
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1257/aer.20160133
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Akee, Randall
Copeland, William
Costello, E. Jane
Simeonova, Emilia
Reference Type: 
Published Date: 
March 2018
Published Date (Text): 
March 2018
Publication: 
American Economic Review
Volume: 
108
Issue Number: 
3
Page Range: 
775-827
Year: 
2018
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Abstract: 

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. (Author abstract) 

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