ERIC Number: ED449242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Do Children from Welfare Families Obtain Less Education? Discussion Paper.
Ku, Inhoe; Plotnick, Robert D.
This study estimates the relationship between parental welfare receipt and children's adulthood educational attainment. Data come from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). The PSID is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families conducted by the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan. Cross-sectional regression results confirm findings from previous studies that greater parental welfare receipt is significantly associated with children's poorer educational attainment. Fixed-effect regressions indicate that the relationship between parental welfare receipt and children's educational outcomes becomes weaker after controlling for unobserved family characteristics, but they do not eliminate the negative relationship. The relationship between parental welfare receipt and children's educational attainment is not uniform across childhood stages. Additional analyses suggest that parental welfare receipt is not negatively related to educational attainment if combined with at least quarter-time work by the mother. (Contains 9 tables and 83 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Background, Urban Youth, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.