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ERIC Number: EJ900949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Is Marriage Always Good for Children? Evidence from Families Affected by Incarceration
Finlay, Keith; Neumark, David
Journal of Human Resources, v45 n4 p1046-1088 Fall 2010
Never-married motherhood is associated with worse educational outcomes for children. But this association may reflect other factors that also determine family structure, rather than causal effects. We use incarceration rates for men as instrumental variables in estimating the effect of never-married motherhood on the high school dropout rate of black and Hispanic children. We find that unobserved factors drive the negative relationship between never-married motherhood and child education, at least for children of women whose marriage decisions are affected by incarceration of men. For Hispanics we find evidence that these children actually may be better off living with a never-married mother. (Contains 38 footnotes, 11 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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