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The Effects of Overcrowded Housing on Children's Performance at School

Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin ()

No 3818, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: In France, almost one in five 15 year olds lives in a home with at least two children per bedroom. More than 60% of these adolescents have been held back in primary or middle school, a proportion that is more than 20 points higher than it is on average for adolescents of the same age. This Paper develops a semi-parametric analysis that suggests a relation of cause and effect between living in an overcrowded home and falling behind at school. According to our estimations, the disparity in living conditions is a very important channel through which parents’ lack of financial resources affects their children’s schooling.

Keywords: overcrowded housing; school performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-03
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