Parental unemployment: how much and when does it matter for children’s educational attainment?

Mooi-Reci, Irma and Bakker, Bart (2015). Parental unemployment: how much and when does it matter for children’s educational attainment?. LCC Working Paper Series 2015-03, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Mooi-Reci, Irma
Bakker, Bart
Title Parental unemployment: how much and when does it matter for children’s educational attainment?
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2015-03
Publication date 2015-01-01
Total pages 36
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study examines the effect of parents’ involuntary unemployment on their children’s subsequent educational attainment. Its theoretical significance lies on its focus to test the mediating role of parents’ changing work ethics during spells of unemployment. Integrating multiple survey and administrative data sources, our estimates are based on a sample of Dutch children (n=812) who were exposed to their parents’ unemployment during the previous economic crisis in the early 1980s. Our results reveal a direct negative effect between fathers’ unemployment duration and their children’s educational attainment and also an indirect effect through mothers’ changing attitudes towards work. Our findings imply that children’s educational success is partly contingent upon mother’s ability to cope with her husband’s unemployment. Overall, our study shows the power of positive work ethics to bridge the intergenerational scars of unemployment while it supports the hypothesis that stability in the socioeconomic resources of the family is key for children’s later educational success.
Keyword Family joblessness
Intergenerational mobility
Educational attainment
Work ethics
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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