Parental Separation and Children's Educational Attainment: A Siblings Analysis on Swedish Register Data
AbstractThis article analyzes whether the commonly found negative relationship between parental separation in childhood and educational outcomes is causal or mainly due to selection. We use data on about 100,000 Swedish full biological siblings, born in 1948-63, and perform cross-section and sibling-difference estimations. Outcomes are measured as educational attainment in 1996. Our cross-section analysis show the expected negative and significant relationship, while the relationship is not significant, though precisely estimated, in the sibling-difference analysis. This finding was robust to the sensitivity tests performed and is consistent with selection, rather than causation, being the explanation for the negative relationship. JEL Classification: Keywords:
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Date of creation: 26 Apr 2004
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divorce; child welfare; siblings estimators;
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- Anders Bj�Rklund & Marianne Sundstr�M, 2006. "Parental Separation and Children's Educational Attainment: A Siblings Analysis on Swedish Register Data," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 73(292), pages 605-624, November.
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2004-06-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2004-06-21 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2004-06-22 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2004-06-21 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-URE-2004-06-22 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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