Economic Uncertainty, Parental Selection and Children's Educational Outcomes

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Title: Economic Uncertainty, Parental Selection and Children's Educational Outcomes
Authors: Chevalier, Arnaud
Marie, Olivier
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6647
Date: Apr-2015
Abstract: After the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany experienced an unprecedented temporary drop in fertility driven by economic uncertainty. Using various educational measures, we show that the children born during this nativity slump perform worse from an early age onwards. Consistent with negative selection, mothers who gave birth in that period had worse observed personal characteristics. These children are also less likely to have grown up within stable family environment. Investigating underlying mechanisms reveals that parental educational input and emotional attachment were also lower for these children. Finally, sibling analysis enable us to reject time of birth effects.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Copyright (published version): 2015 the authors
Keywords: Parental selectionFertilityEconomic uncertaintyEducation
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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