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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
Parental unemployment and children's school performance
Abstract: This study investigates the effect of parental
unemployment on children’s school performance. We use individual level data
for all children completing lower secondary school in Sweden in 1990
directly moving on to three years of upper secondary school. We control for
family and individual heterogeneity by means of lower secondary school GPA.
The huge variation in Swedish unemployment during the beginning of the
1990s provides an ideal setting for testing the hypothesis that parental
unemployment affects children’s school performance. Our results indicate
that having an unemployed father has a negative effect on children’s school
performance while having an unemployed mother has a positive effect.
Keywords: School performance; unemployment; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E24; I21; J12; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, May 22, 2006
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