Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany

34 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2005

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Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

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Date Written: November 2005

Abstract

We analyze the impact on schooling outcomes of growing up in a family headed by a single mother. Growing up in a non-intact family in Germany is associated with worse outcomes in models that do not control for possible correlations between common unobserved determinants of family structure and educational performance. But once endogeneity is accounted for, whether by using sibling-difference estimators or two types of instrumental variable estimator, the evidence that family structure affects schooling outcomes is much less conclusive. Although almost all the point estimates indicate that non-intactness has an adverse effect on schooling outcomes, confidence intervals are large and span zero.

Keywords: childhood family structure, lone parenthood, educational success, sibling differences, instrumental variables, treatment effects

JEL Classification: C23, D13, I21, J12, J13

Suggested Citation

Francesconi, Marco and Jenkins, Stephen P. and Siedler, Thomas, Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany (November 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1837. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857144

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