Parental education and child health: evidence from a schooling reform

J Health Econ. 2009 Jan;28(1):109-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2008.08.003. Epub 2008 Sep 7.


This paper investigates the impact of parental education on child health outcomes. To identify the causal effect we explore exogenous variation in parental education induced by a schooling reform in 1947, which raised the minimum school leaving age in the UK. Findings based on data from the National Child Development Study suggest that increasing the school leaving age by 1 year had little effect on the health of their offspring. Schooling did however improve economic opportunities by reducing financial difficulties among households.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Health Services
  • Data Collection
  • Educational Status*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents / education*
  • United Kingdom
  • Young Adult