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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 Mannheim
Sameh Hallaq: University of Wuppertal
Alexandra Schwarz: LVR

No 10994, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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 measured by grade point averages. Impaired non-cognitive rather than cognitive skills are identified as channels through which exposure affects children's educational achievement.

Keywords: conflict; schooling; children (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 I20 F51 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-09
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