Are television and video games really harmful for kids?

Makiko Nakamuro, Tomohiko Inui, Wataru Senoh, Takeshi Hiromatsu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration


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