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Effect of Parental Job Loss on Child School Dropout: Evidence from the Palestinian Occupied Territories

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  • Michele Di Maio

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    (University of Naples Parthenope)

  • Roberto Nisticò

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    (Università di Napoli Federico II and CSEF)

We investigate the effect of parental job loss on child school dropout using data from the Palestinian Labour Force Survey. To identify the effect, we exploit conflict-induced job separations of Palestinian workers employed in Israel during the Second Intifada. Our results show that parental job loss increases child's school dropout probability by 9 percentage points. The effect varies with the gender, grade, and academic ability of the child, with parental education and the number of children in the household. The effect appears to be driven by a drop in household income. We do not find evidence of alternative mechanisms such as parental divorce or relocation.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 456.

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