Parental Divorce and Students' Performance: Evidence Form Longitudinal Data

32 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2006

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Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Daniela Vuri

University of Rome Tor Vergata; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

In this paper we analyse data from the National Education Longitudinal Study to investigate whether experiencing parental divorce during adolescence has an adverse impact on students' performance on standardized tests. To account for the potential endogeneity of parental divorce we employ double and triple differences models that rely on observing teenagers from intact and divorced backgrounds before and after the divorce occurs. We find that parental divorce does not negatively affect teenagers' cognitive skills. Our results also suggest that cross-section estimates overstate the detrimental effect of parental divorce.

Keywords: Divorce, Difference in differences, Cognitive Development

JEL Classification: J12, C23

Suggested Citation

Sanz De Galdeano, Anna and Vuri, Daniela, Parental Divorce and Students' Performance: Evidence Form Longitudinal Data (March 2006). CEIS Working Paper No. 81. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=897504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.897504

Anna Sanz De Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B - Campus Bellaterra
Barcelona, 08193
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

Daniela Vuri (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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