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How Distance to a Non-Residential Parent Relates to Child Outcomes

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  • Astrid Würtz Rasmussen

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Leslie S. Stratton

    (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Abstract

Family courts now encourage both parents to maintain contact with their children following separation/divorce, driven by the belief that such contact benefits the child. We test this assumption with a population sample of children from nonnuclear families in Denmark, using distance between non-residential parents and their children to proxy for contact. The results indicate significantly better educational and behavioral outcomes for children at a greater distance. Failing to control for endogeneity biases the results in favor of more proximate parents. These findings suggest that policy efforts to keep separated parents geographically closer for their children’s sake may not be advantageous.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2012-23.

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Length: 38
Date of creation: 24 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2012-23

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Keywords: Child outcomes; parental separation; distance;

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