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Family structure and child outcomes in the USA and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2007 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 20, 183-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research shows that living in a non-intact family is associated with educational disadvantages. This paper compares the relationships between childhood family structure, schooling, and earnings in Sweden and the USA. This comparison is interesting because both family structure and public policies differ significantly. We find a negative relationship between living in a non-intact family and child outcomes, and the estimates are remarkably similar in both countries. After using sibling-difference models, the correlation with family structure is no longer significant. These results cast doubt on the causal interpretation of the negative relationship between non-intact family structures and child outcomes.

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2007. Vol. 20, 183-201 p.
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Family structure, Parental separation, Educational attainment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20427DOI: doi:10.1007/s00148-006-0094-7ISI: 000243617900011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20427DiVA: diva2:186953
Available from: 2007-12-10 Created: 2007-12-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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