This study investigates the effect of adult children’s education on parental healthcare utilization in China. We exploit an arguably exogenous change in children’s education, induced by the Compulsory Education Law CEL) reform around 1986. We find that adult children’s education reduces parents’ outpatient care utilization, but increases their inpatient care utilization, self-treatment use, and dental care. These effects can partly be explained by an increasing awareness of chronic diseases and of quality and price differentials of different treatments, possibly as a result of children’s knowledge transfer. Moreover, parents receive more monetary transfers from children and have more economic resources to afford more health services, as their children are better educated. As a result, children’s education improves elderly parents’ life expectancy.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is een denktank en kennisnetwerk. Netspar is gericht op een goed geïnformeerd pensioendebat.

MEER OVER NETSPAR


Missie en strategie           •           Netwerk           •           Organisatie           •          Podcasts
Board Brief            •            Werkprogramma 2019-2023           •           Onderzoeksagenda

OVER NETSPAR

Onze partners

B20160708_university of groningen
B20160615_pggmgroengrijs_grijswaarden_small
B20220518_BNP Paribas logo_voettekst
B20211201_Cardano_Logo 2021_website
B20160708_afm
Bekijk al onze partners