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Author: Balsa, Ana I.
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Balsa, Ana I.
Parental Problem-Drinking and Adult Children's Labor Market Outcomes
Journal of Human Resources 43,2 (Spring 2008): 454-486.
Also: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/jhr/2008ab/balsa2.htm
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Children; Intergenerational Patterns/Transmission; Labor Market Outcomes

Current estimates of the societal costs of alcoholism do not consider the impact of parental drinking on children. This paper analyzes the consequences of parental problem-drinking on children's labor market outcomes in adulthood. Using the NLSY79, I show that having a problem-drinking parent is associated with longer periods out of the labor force, lengthier unemployment, and lower wages, in particular for male respondents. Increased probabilities of experiencing health problems and abusing alcohol are speculative forces behind these effects. While causality cannot be determined due to imprecise IV estimates, the paper calls for further investigation of the intergeneration costs of problem-drinking.
Bibliography Citation
Balsa, Ana I. "Parental Problem-Drinking and Adult Children's Labor Market Outcomes." Journal of Human Resources 43,2 (Spring 2008): 454-486.
2. Balsa, Ana I.
Homer, Jenny F.
French, Michael T.
Health Effects of Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Children
Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 12,2 (June 2009): 55-66.
Also: http://www.icmpe.org/test1/journal/journal.htm
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Behavioral Problems; Family Studies; Gender Differences; Health, Mental; Propensity Scores

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

This study estimated the long-term consequences of parental problem drinking on their children using nationally representative panel data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort. The analysis used propensity score matching methods adjusting for a rich set of demographic, household, geographic, and economic characteristics. The results indicate that parental problem drinking is associated with significant mental health consequences for children that persist far into adulthood. Adult respondents with a problem-drinking father were more likely to have been diagnosed with mental health problems relative to other respondents, while those with a problem-drinking mother had poorer self-perceived health and mental health (SF-12) scores. Respondents with a problem-drinking mother were also more likely to have ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem. Outcomes were worse for daughters of problem drinkers than for sons. These long-lasting consequences should be considered when designing and financing interventions targeting problem drinkers and their families.
Bibliography Citation
Balsa, Ana I., Jenny F. Homer and Michael T. French. "Health Effects of Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Children." Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 12,2 (June 2009): 55-66.