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Family Structure and Educational Outcomes in England

Amira Elasra ()
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Amira Elasra: The department of Economics, University of Warwick

Chapter 10 in Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, 2017, vol. 12, pp 191-222 from Asociación de Economía de la Educación

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationships between family structure and educational outcomes in England. The arguments are that the outcome gap among adolescents could be explained to an extent by the type of family they live with and that living in a nonintact family has adverse impact on these outcomes. The analysis seeks to fill some of the gap in the literature about why nonintact structures of English families could lead to worse educational outcomes. For this, two identified intervening mechanisms in the literature of the family socioeconomic status and parental involvement are tested for whether they could mediate such effect. The main finding of the analysis is that part of the observed educational outcomes is “pure” family structure effect even after controlling for the effects of possible observed compensating or reinforcing family characteristics or allocation decisions.

Keywords: Educational outcomes; family structure; single mother (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D13 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-947381-5-9
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