Does Parental Divorce Affect Adolescents' Cognitive Development? Evidence from Longitudinal Data
AbstractIn this paper we analyse data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 to investigate whether experiencing parental divorce during adolescence reduces measured cognitive ability. To account for the potential endogeneity of parental divorce we employ a difference-in-differences model that relies on observing tenagers' outcomes before and after divorce. We find that parental divorce does not negatively affect teenagers' cognitive development. Our results also suggest that cross-section estimates overstate the detrimental effect of parental divorce.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 128.
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2004
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Publication status: Published in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2007, vol. 69, pages 321-338
Divorce; Difference in differences; Cognitive Development;
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- NEP-ALL-2004-11-22 (All new papers)
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