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Childhood family structure and schooling outcomes: evidence for Germany

Francesconi, M and Jenkins, SP and Siedler, T (2010) 'Childhood family structure and schooling outcomes: evidence for Germany.' Journal of Population Economics, 23 (3). pp. 1073-1103. ISSN 0933-1433

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We analyze the impact on schooling outcomes of growing up in a family headed by a single mother. Growing up in a non-intact family in Germany is associated with worse outcomes in models that do not control for possible correlations between common unobserved determinants of family structure and educational performance. But once endogeneity is accounted for, whether by using sibling-difference estimators or two types of instrumental variable estimator, the evidence that family structure affects schooling outcomes is much less conclusive. Although almost all the point estimates indicate that non-intactness has an adverse effect on schooling outcomes, confidence intervals are large and span zero.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lone parenthood; Educational success; Sibling differences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 10:32
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:26

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