Single Motherhood and (Un)Equal Educational Opportunities: Evidence for Germany

25 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2004

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Philippe Mahler

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

We examine the effect of single motherhood on children's secondary school track choice using a sample of 14 years old children drawn from the German Socio-Economic Panel. In line with previous studies for the U.S., the U.K. and Sweden, we find a negative correlation between disrupted family structure and children's educational outcome. Looking for alternative explanations for this correlation, we use ordered probit regression models to control for factors related to single motherhood such as lower educational background, lower household income and higher labor supply of the mother. Our evidence suggests that single parenthood reduces school attainment mainly because it is associated with lower resources (income and time) available for the child.

Keywords: school choice, educational attainment, ordered response model, German Socio-Economic Panel

JEL Classification: I21, J12

Suggested Citation

Mahler, Philippe and Winkelmann, Rainer, Single Motherhood and (Un)Equal Educational Opportunities: Evidence for Germany (November 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=620322

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