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Cohort at risk: long-term consequences of conflict for child school achievement

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  • Hendrik Jürges

    (University of Wuppertal, MEA, DIW, and ROA)

  • Luca Stella

    (Catholic University of Milan and IZA)

  • Sameh Hallaq

    (Al-Quds University
    Levy Economics Institute of Bard College)

  • Alexandra Schwarz

    (LVR)

Abstract

We investigate the long-term effects of households’ exposure to violent conflict on children’s educational attainment in primary school, studying cognitive and non-cognitive skills as possible causal channels. Our identification strategy exploits the locality-level variation in the intensity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank during the Second Intifada (2000–2005). We show that an increase in family experience of conflict has large negative long-term effects on the educational attainment of children as measured by grade point averages. We find that non-cognitive rather than cognitive skills are the channels through which exposure affects children’s educational achievement.

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  • Hendrik Jürges & Luca Stella & Sameh Hallaq & Alexandra Schwarz, 2022. "Cohort at risk: long-term consequences of conflict for child school achievement," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 35(1), pages 1-43, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:35:y:2022:i:1:d:10.1007_s00148-020-00790-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s00148-020-00790-6
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    Conflict; Schooling; Children; Non-cognitive skills;
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    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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