Impacts of Child Health on Families: Evidence from Childhood Cancers

Achyuta Adhvaryu, N. Meltem Daysal, Snaebjorn Gunnsteinsson, Teresa Molina, Herdis Steingrimsdottir

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How do parents contend with threats to the health and survival of their children? We combine the universe of cancer diagnoses among Danish children with register data for affected and matched unaffected families. Parental income declines substantially for 3-4 years following diagnosis, an effect driven by reductions in working hours. Fathers’ incomes recover fully, but mothers’ incomes remain 5% lower 12 years after diagnosis. Both parents’ mental health suffers. Fertility increases, particularly among families in which the child died. These results demonstrate that even in high-income settings, severe shocks to child health can have long-lasting consequences for family outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateMar 2022
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Event5th IZA Workshop on Gender and Family Economics: Families as an Insurance Mechanism - Online, WWW
Duration: 1 Jun 20222 Jun 2022
Conference number: 5


Workshop5th IZA Workshop on Gender and Family Economics
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  • Children
  • Child health
  • Cancer
  • Child mortality
  • Income
  • Labor supply
  • Long-run effects
  • Mental health
  • Denmark

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