If looks could heal : child health and paternal investment / Marlon R. Tracey (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Solomon W. Polachek (State University of New York at Binghamton and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserTracey, Marlon R. ; Polachek, Solomon W. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10866
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Data from the first two waves of the Fragile Family and Child Wellbeing study indicate that infants who look like their father at birth are healthier one year later. The reason is such father-child resemblance induces a father to spend more time engaged in positive parenting. An extra day (per month) of time-investment by a typical visiting father enhances child health by just over 10% of a standard deviation. This estimate is not biased by the effect of child health on father-involvement or omitted maternal ability, thereby eliminating endogeneity biases that plague existing studies. The result has implications regarding the role of a fathers time in enhancing child health, especially in fragile families.