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Short-run effects of parental job loss on children's academic achievement


Economics of Education Review Volume 30, Number 2 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


We study the relationship between parental job loss and children's academic achievement using data on job loss and grade retention from the 1996, 2001, and 2004 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. We find that a parental job loss increases the probability of children's grade retention by 0.8 percentage points, or around 15%. After conditioning on child fixed effects, there is no evidence of significantly increased grade retention prior to the job loss, suggesting a causal link running from the parental employment shock to children's academic difficulties.


Stevens, A.H. & Schaller, J. Short-run effects of parental job loss on children's academic achievement. Economics of Education Review, 30(2), 289-299. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 8, 2022 from .

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