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Family structure, economic status, and educational attainment

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  • Scott Boggess

    (Department of Demography, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1043, USA)

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    This study examines the effect of family structure on high school graduation by race and gender using data from the first twenty-one waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and recently available retrospective marital histories. The nature of the data allows for a more complete specification of family structure than has been heretofore possible. The analysis tests the hypothesis that the negative effect on educational attainment often associated with living in a mother-only or stepfather family stems primarily from the reduced level of economic resources available to these households. Empirical findings indicate that living with a widowed, divorced, or separated mother has little or no effect on educational attainment once we control for economic status. However, living in a stepfather family appears to have a persistent negative effect on high school graduation rates.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 205-222

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:11:y:1998:i:2:p:205-222

    Note: Received: 24 July 1995 / Accepted: 9 September 1997
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    Keywords: Family structure · education · income;

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