|Title / Titel||Family Structure and the Economy|
|Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||The fraction of children raised in a single parent household is steadily increasing over the last years. Naturally, the question arises whether children from such families are in any
way disadvantaged in their development relative to children from traditional two-parent families, and if so, why this is the case. For example, single parenthood might mean fewer resources – income and parental time – available for the child, and thereby cause a disadvantage. Or it might be detrimental to the psychological well-being per se.
In this research project, several channels are investigated that such a disrupted family structure might have on the development of a child in the economy. For example, secondary school track choice, i.e., whether the child attends lower, intermediate, or upper secondary school at a certain age might be determined by single-motherhood. Or family structure might have an effect on the health status of a child.
Prospective and retrospective information is used to identify such effects. Large databases provide information for each person and for each year of one’s adult life on various socioeconomic characteristics as well as the labor force status. Further, with such databases, it is possible to go beyond short-term outcomes and investigate the long-run consequences of disrupted family structure on labor market outcomes of children.
|Publications / Publikationen||Mahler P., and R. Winkelmann (2006) Secondary School Track Selection of Single-Parent Children - Evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel, Schriften des Vereins für Socialpolitik, 313, 39-54.Mahler, P. and R. Winkelmann (2005) Single Motherhood and (Un)Equal Educational Opportunities: Evidence from Germany, unpublished working paper.|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Mar 2004 to Dec 2008|