Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33507
Authors: 
Francesconi, Marco
Jenkins, Stephen P.
Siedler, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1837
Abstract: 
We analyze the impact on schooling outcomes of growing up in a family headed by a single mother. Growing up in a non-intact family in Germany is associated with worse outcomes in models that do not control for possible correlations between common unobserved determinants of family structure and educational performance. But once endogeneity is accounted for, whether by using sibling-difference estimators or two types of instrumental variable estimator, the evidence that family structure affects schooling outcomes is much less conclusive. Although almost all the point estimates indicate that non-intactness has an adverse effect on schooling outcomes, confidence intervals are large and span zero.
Subjects: 
childhood family structure
lone parenthood
educational success
sibling differences
instrumental variables
treatment effects
JEL: 
C23
D13
I21
J12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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