2018

Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation: Reply

Reprint No. 2018:25

Author(s): Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-SlaterYear: 2018 Title: American Economic Review Volume (No.): 108 (4-5) Pages: 1256–1263
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Persson and Rossin-Slater (2018) find that prenatal exposure to family ruptures affects childhood and adult mental health, as well as infant physical health. We compare children whose relatives die within 280 days post-conception to children whose relatives die in the year after birth. Matsumoto correctly notes that defining the control group using actual birth dates can bias our estimates. Here, we redefine our control group using expected birth dates. The effects on mental health in childhood and adulthood are statistically indistinguishable from those in our original paper. The infant health impacts are attenuated, but statistically significant in our main specifications.


Reference:
Persson, Petra and Maya Rossin-Slater (2018), "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation: Reply". American Economic Review 108(4-5), 1256–1263.

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The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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