Journal Article

Parental Job Loss and Children's School Performance

Mari Rege, Kjetil Telle and Mark Votruba

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 78, issue 4, pages 1462-1489
Published in print October 2011 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdr002
Parental Job Loss and Children's School Performance

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Using Norwegian register data, we estimate how children's school performance is affected by their parents' exposure to plant closure. Our estimates suggest that paternal job loss has a negative effect on children's school performance. In contrast, maternal job loss is associated with a non-significant increase in school performance. Importantly, the negative effect of paternal job loss appears largely unrelated to its effect on father's income, father's employment status, a shift in maternal time towards employment, marital dissolution, and residential relocation. A disparate effect of job loss across fathers and mothers is, however, consistent with recent empirical studies documenting that the mental distress experienced by displaced workers is generally more severe for men than women.

Keywords: Educational outcomes; Downsizing; Job loss; lay-offs; Plant closure; School performance; I20; J63; J65

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Subjects: Education and Research Institutions ; Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies

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