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Using Military Deployments and Job Assignments to Estimate the Effect of Parental Absences and Household Relocations on Children's Academic Achievement

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  • David S. Lyle

    (U.S. Military Academy)

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    Military deployments and job assignments provide an opportunity to estimate the impact of parental absences and household relocations on children's academic achievement. Combining U.S. Army personnel data with children's standardized test scores from Texas, I find that parental absences adversely affect children's test scores by a tenth of a standard deviation. Likewise, household relocations have modest negative effects on children's test scores. Both parental absences and household relocations have the greatest detrimental effect on test scores of children with single parents, children with mothers in the army, children with lower-ability parents, and younger children.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 319-350

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:24:y:2006:i:2:p:319-350

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