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Social Interventions, Health and Wellbeing: The Long-Term and Intergenerational Effects of a School Construction Program


Abstract: We analyze the long-run and intergenerational effects of a large-scale school building project (INPRES) that took place in Indonesia between 1974 and 1979. Specifically, we link the geographic rollout of INPRES to longitudinal data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey covering two generations. We find that individuals exposed to the program have better health later in life along multiple measures. We also find that the children of those exposed also experience improved health and educational outcomes and that these effects are generally stronger for maternal exposure than paternal exposure. We find some evidence that household resources, neighborhood quality, and assortative mating may explain a portion of our results. Our findings highlight the importance of considering the long-run and multigenerational benefits when evaluating the costs and benefits of social interventions in a middle-income country.

Keywords: Intergenerational transmission of human capital; education; adult wellbeing; income;

JEL Classification: I38; J13; O15;

https://doi.org/10.21033/wp-2019-09

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Part of Series: Working Paper Series

Publication Date: 2019-10-28

Number: WP-2019-9

Pages: 77 pages