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Parental Divorce and Students' Performance: Evidence from Longitudinal Data

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  • Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano
  • Daniela Vuri

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In this article, we analysed data from the National Education Longitudinal Study to investigate whether experiencing parental divorce during adolescence had an adverse impact on students' performance on standardized tests. To account for the potential endogeneity of parental divorce we employed double and triple difference models that rely on observing teenagers from intact and divorced backgrounds before and after the divorce occurs. We found that parental divorce does not negatively affect teenagers' cognitive skills. Our results also suggest that cross-sectional estimates overstate the detrimental effect of parental divorce. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 69 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 321-338

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:69:y:2007:i:3:p:321-338

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  2. Pronzato, Chiara & Aassve,Arnstein, 2013. "Marital Breakup and Children's Behavioural Responses," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201339, University of Turin.
  3. Franz Buscha & Arnaud Maurel & Lionel Page & Stefan Speckesser, 2007. "The Effect of High School Employment on Educational Attainment : A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach," Working Papers 2007-40, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
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  5. Ylenia Brilli & Daniela Del Boca & Chiara Monfardini, 2013. "Child Care Arrangements: Determinants and Consequences," CHILD Working Papers Series 18, Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA.
  6. Helmut Rainer & Timo Hener & Thomas Siedler & Anita Fichtl, 2013. "Politische Sozialisation im Wandel? Zusammenhang von Familienstruktur und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(17), pages 30-38, 09.
  7. Marco Francesconi & Stephen P. Jenkins & Thomas Siedler, 2006. "Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 610, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  8. Millemaci, Emanuele & Sciulli, Dario, 2011. "The causal effect of family difficulties during childhood on adult labour market outcomes," MPRA Paper 29026, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Eugenio Proto & Daniel Sgroi & Andrew Oswald, 2012. "Are happiness and productivity lower among young people with newly-divorced parents? An experimental and econometric approach," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 1-23, March.

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