Cohort at Risk: Long-Term Consequences of Conflict for Child School Achievement

31 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2017

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Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Luca Stella

Bocconi University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sameh Hallaq

Alexandra Schwarz

University of Cologne

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 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

Suggested Citation

Jürges, Hendrik and Stella, Luca and Hallaq, Sameh and Schwarz, Alexandra, Cohort at Risk: Long-Term Consequences of Conflict for Child School Achievement. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10994, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037899

Hendrik Jürges (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Luca Stella

Bocconi University ( email )

Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Alexandra Schwarz

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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