Original Paper

Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 1073-1103

First online:

Childhood family structure and schooling outcomes: evidence for Germany

  • Marco FrancesconiAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Essex
  • , Stephen P. JenkinsAffiliated withInstitute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
  • , Thomas SiedlerAffiliated withGerman Socio-Economic Panel Study, DIW Berlin Email author 

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We analyze the impact on schooling outcomes of growing up in a non-intact family in Germany. We find that this experience is associated with worse outcomes according to estimates from models that do not control for possible correlations between common unobserved determinants of family structure and educational performance. Evidence of adverse effects emerges also when endogeneity is accounted for. In such cases, however, the point estimates are typically smaller, and their confidence intervals are large enough to include zero, particularly for individuals who grew up in Western Germany.


Lone parenthood Educational success Sibling differences

JEL Classification

C23 I21 J12