Short-run effects of parental job loss on children's academic achievement

Ann Huff Stevens, Jessamyn Schaller

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We study the relationship between parental job loss and children's academic achievement using data on job loss and grade retention from the 1996, 2001, and 2004 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. We find that a parental job loss increases the probability of children's grade retention by 0.8 percentage points, or around 15%. After conditioning on child fixed effects, there is no evidence of significantly increased grade retention prior to the job loss, suggesting a causal link running from the parental employment shock to children's academic difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Displaced
  • K-12
  • Schooling
  • Unemployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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