Is Timing Everything? Parental Unemployment and Children's Educational Attainment

Caren Arbeit
Drawing from research on parental unemployment, sibling differences and life course theories, I consider whether (and how) the timing of a parent’s job loss moderates the impact of the event on children’s educational attainment in adulthood. Life course and child development theories lead to a hypothesis that the timing of family events in each child’s life may lead to long-term differences in educational attainment. Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, I examine the educational...
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