Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 493–507 | Cite as

Parents’ Health and Adult Children’s Subsequent Working Status: A Perspective of Intergenerational Transfer and Time Allocation

  • HwaJung ChoiEmail author
Original Paper


This paper frames how parents’ health problems may affect a child’s subsequent working status. Parental health problems occurring in their prime working years undermine an adult child’s resources and tend to affect the child’s preferences over time-allocations among leisure, market- and non-market-labor. Empirical applications in this paper focus on a situation with pervasive health problems, lack of social safety network, and a substantial gender gap in labor market return. Exploiting Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) for the period 1994–2004, empirical results indicate that a father’s poor health status is a significant predictor of lowering a daughter’s educational attainment and working probability during her subsequent, adulthood years.


Gender difference Intergenerational transfer Parental health Time allocation Working status 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars ProgramUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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