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Divorced fathers’ proximity and children’s long run outcomes: Evidence from Norwegian registry data

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  • Kalil, Ariel

    (University of Chicago)

  • Mogstad, Magne

    (Statistics Norway)

  • Rege, Mari

    ()
    (University of Stavanger)

  • Votruba, Mark

    (Case Western Reserve University)

Abstract

This study examines the link between divorced nonresident fathers' proximity and children's long-run outcomes using high-quality data from Norwegian population registers. We follow (from birth to young adulthood) 15,992 children born into married households in Norway in the years 1975-1979 whose parents divorce during his or her childhood. We observe the proximity of the child to his or her father in each year following the divorce and link proximity to children's educational and economic outcomes in young adulthood, controlling for a wide range of observable characteristics of the parents and the child. Our results show that closer proximity to the father following a divorce has, on average, a modest negative association with offspring's young-adult outcomes. The negative associations are stronger among children of highly-educated fathers. Complementary Norwegian survey data show that highly-educated fathers report more post-divorce conflict with their ex-wives as well as more contact with their children (measured in terms of the number of nights that the child spends at the fathers' house). Consequently, the father's relocation to a more distant location following the divorce may shelter the child from disruptions in the structure of the child's life as they split time between households and/or from post-divorce interparental conflict.

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Paper provided by University of Stavanger in its series UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 2009/29.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 10 Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:stavef:2009_029

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Keywords: Child development; divorce; fathers' proximity; long-run outcomes; relocation;

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  1. Ragni Hege Kitterød & Jan Lyngstad, 2011. "Untraditional caring arrangements among parents living apart. The case of Norway," Discussion Papers 660, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  2. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Erdal Tekin, 2011. "Fathers and Youth's Delinquent Behavior," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2011n23, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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