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Job loss at home: children’s school performance during the Great Recession

Ruiz-Valenzuela, Jenifer (2020) Job loss at home: children’s school performance during the Great Recession. SERIEs, 11 (3). 243 - 286. ISSN 1869-4187

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s13209-020-00217-1

Abstract

This paper studies the intergenerational impact of parental job loss on school performance during the Great Recession in Spain. Collecting data through parental surveys in a school in the province of Barcelona, I obtain information about the parental labour market status before and after the Great Recession. I can then link this information to repeated information on their children’s school performance, for a sample of over 300 students. Using individual fixed effects, the estimates show a negative and significant decrease on average grades of around 15% of a standard deviation after father’s job loss. These results are mainly driven by those students whose fathers suffer long unemployment spells. In contrast, the average impact of mother’s job loss on school performance is close to zero and non-significant. The decline in school performance during the Great Recession after father’s job loss, particularly among disadvantaged students, could result in detrimental long-term effects that might contribute to increased inequality. This could be an important and underemphasised cost of recessions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.springer.com/journal/13209
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J63 - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J65 - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 13:36
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105099

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