Effects of School Starting Age on the Family

69 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017 Last revised: 4 Nov 2018

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Rasmus Landersø

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: September 21, 2018

Abstract

This paper investigates intra-family spillovers from the focal child’s timing of school start. We first show how school starting age affects the timing of subsequent educational transitions. Exploiting quasi-random variation in school starting age induced by date of birth, we then document effects on parental outcomes. At child age seven, for example, being one year older at school start increases maternal employment with four percentage points; at child age 15, it increases the likelihood that parents still cohabit with eight percentage points. Our results also indicate that later school start for the focal child improves older siblings’ academic performance.

Keywords: marital capital, marital dissolution, educational transition, regression discontinuity, spillover effects

JEL Classification: I21, J12

Suggested Citation

Landersø, Rasmus and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, Effects of School Starting Age on the Family (September 21, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2921126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2921126

Rasmus Landersø

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

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Helena Skyt Nielsen (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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