Recent research by Rutgers University says that parents’ education matters more than their income when it comes to child health. The findings appeared in the entry of Southern Economic Association journal. Alan Monheit and Irina Grafova, who were the lead researchers, found out that parental education beyond 12 years is inversely proportional to specific health conditions and poor health status. These also include hypertension, diabetes, and asthma.
Monheit said that, “Our study confirms the important association between the educational attainment of parents and the family’s access to and use of health care services.”
The study also shows that health in families headed by a single mother with higher education had more expenditure in prescription drugs & dental care. But two-parent families spent more on dental care and psychiatric services.
According to Grossman model of health demand, health is a “good” that is inherited and increases by investments beyond the price of medical care, while declines over time as someone’s health naturally worsens over time. This study supports the well-established findings between economic investments in health and education as a result.