Parental disruption and the labour market performance of children when they reach adulthood

  • Paul Fronstin
  • David H. Greenberg
  • Philip K. Robins
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This paper uses data from the age 33 wave of the British National Child Development Survey (NCDS) to analyze the effects of a parental disruption (divorce or death of a father) on the labour market performance of children when they reach adulthood. The NCDS is a longitudinal study of all children born during the first week of March 1958 in England, Scotland, and Wales. Controlling for a rich set of pre-disruption characteristics, the results indicate that a parental disruption leads to moderately less employment among males and considerably lower wage rates among females at age 33. If pre-disruption characteristics are not controlled for, larger effects are estimated for both males and females. Parental disruption also seems to cause substantial reductions in educational attainment for both males and females.


Marital disruptions labour supply educational attainment wage rates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Fronstin
    • 1
  • David H. Greenberg
    • 2
  • Philip K. Robins
    • 3
  1. 1.Employee Benefit Research InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Baltimore County, Department of EconomicsUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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