Department of Economics and Business Economics

How Going to School Affects the Family

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This paper investigates intra-family spillovers from the timing of school start on outcomes for the entire family. We first document how the timing of a child’s school start affects the timing of all subsequent transitions between tiers in the educational system. Exploiting quasi-random variation in school starting age induced by date of birth, we find that the timing of these transitions affect parental outcomes. At child age seven, for example, being one year older at school start increases maternal employment with four percentage points. At child age 15, similarly, being one year older at school start increases the likelihood the parents still cohabit or continue to be married with eight percentage points. Our results also indicate that focal child age at school start improves older siblings’ academic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

    Research areas

  • marital capital, marital dissolution, educational transition, regression discontinuity, spillover effects

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