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Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany

Francesconi, Marco and Jenkins, Stephen P and Siedler, Thomas (2006) Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany. Discussion Paper. DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, Discussion Papers 610.

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We analyse 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 quasi-experiments, 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: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childhood family structure; lone parenthood; educational success; sibling differences; instrumental
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 13:48
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:46

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