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How Going to School Affects the Family

Rasmus Landersø (), Helena Nielsen () and Marianne Simonsen ()

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

Abstract: This paper investigates intra-family spillovers from the timing of school start on outcomes for the entire family. We first document how the timing of a child’s school start affects the timing of all subsequent transitions between tiers in the educational system. Exploiting quasi-random variation in school starting age induced by date of birth, we find that the timing of these transitions affect parental outcomes. At child age seven, for example, being one year older at school start increases maternal employment with four percentage points. At child age 15, similarly, being one year older at school start increases the likelihood the parents still cohabit or continue to be married with eight percentage points. Our results also indicate that focal child age at school start improves older siblings’ academic performance.

Keywords: marital capital; marital dissolution; educational transition; regression discontinuity; spillover effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52
Date: 2017-02-22
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