Family Distress and Critical Education Periods
Speaker(s)Renske Stans (University of Bonn, Germany)
LocationErasmus University, Polak Building, Room 1-07
Date and time
May 14, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
This paper aims to understand how the setup of the education system interacts with events of family distress during childhood and what consequences this interaction has for educational and labour market outcomes later in life. I employ Dutch population registers to exploit the random timing of (grand)parental deaths before and after critical education periods. This allows me to estimate the mediating role of such periods. The preliminary results show that losing a parent before a critical transition period does not negatively affect educational performance, while in the case of the death of a grandparent there are small, but significant, adverse effects on performance. To investigate potential mechanisms that underlie these findings, I conduct a survey on a representative sample of Dutch parents, which focuses on changes in parental investments surrounding events of family distress. The results of this paper contribute to the debate on how the set-up of the education system can help establish equality of opportunity in the light of unfortunate childhood experiences.