Cohort at Risk: Long-Term Consequences of Conflict for Child School Achievement
31 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2017
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 measured by grade point averages. Impaired non-cognitive rather than cognitive skills are identified as channels through which exposure affects children's educational achievement.
Keywords: conflict, schooling, children
JEL Classification: D10, I20, F51, O12
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