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Type: Journal article
Title: Parental education and child health: Evidence from China
Author: Maitra, Pushkar
Peng, Xiujian
Zhuang, Yaer
Citation: Asian Economic Journal, 2006; 20(1):47-74
Publisher: Blackwell
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1351-3958
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Gender, Work and Social Inquiry
Centre for Labour Research
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Pushkar Maitra, Xiujian Peng, Yaer Zhuang
Abstract: This paper examines the effect of parental, household and community character-istics on the health of children in China. We find that birth order, death of elder siblings, use of prenatal care and alcohol consumption by the mother when pregnant have statistically significant effects on the health of children. Although parental education does not have a significant direct effect on child health, it does affect mothers’ behavior during pregnancy and inflfluences the use of health inputs, indirectly impacting the health of children. The research findings have important implications for both family planning programs and broader social policies in China.
Keywords: Parental education, child health, China.
RMID: 0020062807
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8381.2006.00224.x
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

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