Parental Response to Early Human Capital Shocks: Evidence from the Chernobyl Accident

@inproceedings{Halla2014ParentalRT,
  title={Parental Response to Early Human Capital Shocks: Evidence from the Chernobyl Accident},
  author={Martin Halla and Martina Zweim{\"u}ller},
  year={2014}
}
Little is known about the response behavior of parents whose children are exposed to an early-life shock. In this paper we interpret the prenatal exposure of the Austrian 1986 cohort to radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident as a negative human capital shock and examine their parents’ response behavior. To identify causal effects we can rely on exogenous variation in the exposure to radioactive fallout (over time and) between communities due to geographic differences in precipitation… CONTINUE READING

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