Are Television and Video Games Really Harmful for Kids?

15 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2020

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Makiko Nakamuro

Keio University

Tomohiko Inui

Nihon University - College of Economics

Wataru Senoh

National Institute for Educational Policy Research

Takeshi Hiromatsu

Institute of Information Security

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Are watching television (TV) and playing video games really harmful for children’s development? By using a unique longitudinal dataset with detailed information on children’s development and health, we examined the causal effect of hours of TV watched or of video games played on school-aged children’s problem behavior, orientation to school, and obesity. The results suggested that the answer to the question is yes, but the magnitude of the effect is sufficiently small to be considered as negligible. The results were robust to within-twin-fixed effects.

JEL Classification: I10, I20

Suggested Citation

Nakamuro, Makiko and Inui, Tomohiko and Senoh, Wataru and Hiromatsu, Takeshi, Are Television and Video Games Really Harmful for Kids? (January 2015). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 29-43, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12058

Makiko Nakamuro (Contact Author)

Keio University

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Tomohiko Inui

Nihon University - College of Economics ( email )

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Wataru Senoh

National Institute for Educational Policy Research ( email )

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Tokyo, 100-8951
Japan

Takeshi Hiromatsu

Institute of Information Security ( email )

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Kanagawa, 221-0835
Japan

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