讲座：Does Children’s Education Matter for Parents’ Health and Cognition in Old Age? Evidence from China
题 目：Does Children’s Education Matter for Parents’ Health and Cognition in Old Age? Evidence from China
演讲人： 马明明 经济学助理教授 上海财经大学
主持人： 谢维思 助理教授 上海交通大学安泰经济与管理学院经济系
时 间：2018年 12 月 5 日（周三） 14:30-16:00
地 点：上海交通大学 徐汇校区包图 A303 室
Intergenerational transmission of human capital from parents to offspring is widely documented. However, whether there are upward spillovers from children to parents remains understudied. This paper uses data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study to estimate the causal impact of educational attainments of the highest educated adult child on various health and cognition outcomes of older parents. Identification is achieved by using the exposure of children to the compulsory education law in China and its interaction with regional schooling level before law enforcement as instruments for children’s years of schooling. IV estimation results demonstrate that increasing years of education of children lead to better cognitive functions, higher survival expectations and improved lung function of Chinese older parents. Further evidence suggests that children’s education might shape health of older parents by providing financial support, affecting the access to resources and influencing the labor supply and psychological well-being of parents.
Mingming Ma is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She studied at University of Southern California, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is interested in health economics, economics of aging, and development economics.