Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 1073–1103

Childhood family structure and schooling outcomes: evidence for Germany

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


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 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

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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