Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106633
Authors: 
Mueller, Steffen
Riphahn, Regina T.
Schwientek, Caroline
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 157
Abstract: 
Using long-running data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (1984-2012) we investigate the impact of paternal unemployment on child labor market and education outcomes. We first describe correlation patterns and then use sibling fixed effects and the Gottschalk (1996) method to identify the causal effects of paternal unemployment. We find different patterns for sons and daughters. Paternal unemployment does not seem to causally affect the outcomes of sons. In contrast, it increases both daughters' worklessness and educational attainment. We test the robustness of the results and explore potential explanations.
Subjects: 
youth unemployment
educational attainment
intergenerational mobility
causal effect
Gottschalk method
sibling fixed effects
JEL: 
J62
C21
C26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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