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Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 1073–1103 | Cite as

Childhood family structure and schooling outcomes: evidence for Germany

  • Marco Francesconi
  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Thomas Siedler
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Lone parenthood Educational success Sibling differences 

JEL Classification

C23 I21 J12 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Financial support from the Anglo-German Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, DIW Berlin, and the University of Essex is gratefully acknowledged. We wish to thank the Editor (Christian Dustmann) and two anonymous referees for guidance and helpful suggestions. We are also grateful to Anders Björklund, Miles Corak, Monica Costa Diaz, John Ermisch, Steve Machin, Anna Vignoles, and seminar participants at HM Treasury (London), the Departments for Work and Pension and for Education and Skills (London), Institute of Education, Institute for Fiscal Studies, University of Essex, the 2006 Royal Economic Society and ESPE Conferences, and the CEPR Conference on Economics of Education and Education Policy in Europe (Uppsala) for helpful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Francesconi
    • 1
  • Stephen P. Jenkins
    • 2
  • Thomas Siedler
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Institute for Social and Economic ResearchUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  3. 3.German Socio-Economic Panel Study, DIW BerlinBerlinGermany

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