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The Effects of Overcrowded Housing on Children's Performance at School

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  • Goux, Dominique
  • Maurin, Eric

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In France, almost one in five 15 year olds lives in a home with at least two children per bedroom. More than 60% of these adolescents have been held back in primary or middle school, a proportion that is more than 20 points higher than it is on average for adolescents of the same age. This Paper develops a semi-parametric analysis that suggests a relation of cause and effect between living in an overcrowded home and falling behind at school. According to our estimations, the disparity in living conditions is a very important channel through which parents’ lack of financial resources affects their children’s schooling.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3818.

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