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Cohort at risk: long-term consequences of conflict for child school achievement

Hendrik Jürges (), Luca Stella (), Sameh Hallaq () and Alexandra Schwarz ()
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Hendrik Jürges: University of Wuppertal, MEA, DIW, and ROA
Luca Stella: Catholic University of Milan and IZA
Sameh Hallaq: Al-Quds University
Alexandra Schwarz: LVR

Journal of Population Economics, 2022, vol. 35, issue 1, No 1, 43 pages

Abstract: Abstract We investigate the long-term effects of households’ exposure to violent conflict on children’s educational attainment in primary school, studying cognitive and non-cognitive skills as possible causal channels. Our identification strategy exploits the locality-level variation in the intensity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank during the Second Intifada (2000–2005). We show that an increase in family experience of conflict has large negative long-term effects on the educational attainment of children as measured by grade point averages. We find that non-cognitive rather than cognitive skills are the channels through which exposure affects children’s educational achievement.

Keywords: Conflict; Schooling; Children; Non-cognitive skills (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 F51 I20 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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