Parental Job Loss and Children’s School Performance
AbstractUsing Norwegian register data we estimate how children’s school performance is affected by their parents’ exposure to plant closure. Fathers’ exposure leads to a substantial decline in children’s graduation-year grade point average, but only in municipalities with mediocre-performing job markets. The negative effect does not appear to be driven by a reduction in father’s income and employment, an increase in parental divorce, or the trauma of relocating. In contrast, mothers’ exposure leads to improved school performance. Our findings appear to be consistent with sociological “role theories,” with parents unable to fully shield their children from the stress caused by threats to the father’s traditional role as breadwinner, and mothers responding to job loss by allocating greater attention towards child rearing.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Department of Statistics Norway in its series Discussion Papers with number 517.
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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educational outcomes; downsizing; job loss; layoffs; plant closure;
Other versions of this item:
- Mari Rege & Kjetil Telle & Mark Votruba, 2011. "Parental Job Loss and Children's School Performance," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 78(4), pages 1462-1489.
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
- J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
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- NEP-ALL-2007-10-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2007-10-13 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2007-10-13 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2007-10-13 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2007-10-13 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2007-10-13 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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- Frauke H. Peter, 2013. "Trick or Treat? - Maternal Involuntary Job Loss and Children's Non-Cognitive Skills," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1297, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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