The Effects of Parental Death and Chronic Poverty on Children's Education and Health: Evidence from Indonesia

22 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2010

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Daniel Suryadarma

Australian National University (ANU) - Arndt-Corden Department of Economics; SMERU Research Institute

Yus Medina Pakpahan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Asep Suryahadi

SMERU Research Institute

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

We estimate the short- and long-term effects of maternal and paternal death on children’s school enrolment, educational attainment and health in Indonesia, and compare it with the effect of chronic poverty. We also investigate whether there are any gender dimensions of the effects. Using a sufficiently long-spanning longitudinal dataset, we find that young maternal orphans have worse educational outcomes compared with non-orphans, with the effect getting worse over time. However, we find no significant health effects of orphanhood.

Meanwhile, chronically poor children have worse health and education outcomes. Among young children, the adverse effect of maternal orphanhood on education is significantly worse than that of chronic poverty. Lastly, chronically poor orphans do not suffer adverse effects beyond the effects of chronic poverty.

Suggested Citation

Suryadarma, Daniel and Pakpahan, Yus Medina and Suryahadi, Asep, The Effects of Parental Death and Chronic Poverty on Children's Education and Health: Evidence from Indonesia (January 1, 2009). Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper No. 133, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1537084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1537084

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Yus Medina Pakpahan

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Asep Suryahadi

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