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Title:Does Parental Divorce Affect Adolescents' Cognitive Development? : Evidence from Longitudinal Data PDF Logo
Authors:Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna
Vuri, Daniela
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1206
Abstract:In this paper we analyse data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 to investigate whether experiencing parental divorce during adolescence reduces measured cognitive ability. To account for the potential endogeneity of parental divorce we employ a difference-in-differences model that relies on observing teenagers' outcomes before and after divorce. We find that parental divorce does not negatively affect teenagers' cognitive development. Our results also suggest that cross-section estimates overstate the detrimental effect of parental divorce.
Subjects:divorce
difference in differences
cognitive development
JEL:J12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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