Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Economics

First Advisor

Karna Basu

Second Advisor

Jonathan Conning

Academic Program Adviser

Randall K. Filer

Abstract

I study the effect of parental death on a child’s wellbeing, including workforce participation, education, marital status and health. Using propensity score matching, I find that parental death leads to worse outcomes for children who lose a parent compared to those with two parents, with negative effects exacerbated for daughters.

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