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Age At Parents' Separation And Children Achievement: Evidence From France Using A Sibling Approach

Hélène Le Forner ()

No 1928, AMSE Working Papers from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France

Abstract: This paper investigates the link between parental separation and children's achievement in their adulthood. Using a French dataset "Education-Training-Employment", the differences in age of the children at divorce, within a family, are examined in order to control for divorced families selection. The main interest of the paper lies in three particular outcomes : the number of years of schooling, earnings-weighted education, and social position. The results show that individuals whose parents separated have about one semester of schooling less than the children of non-divorced families, they also have lower quality of education and lower social position associated with wages from 4% to 9% lower than individuals who grew up with their two parents. All these estimated effects remain negative and significant within the family. Parental separation is more harmful for boys, or for individuals whose mother is less highly educated.

Keywords: education; divorce; family economics; family structure; marital dissolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 74 pages
Date: 2019-10
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