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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-172
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001



  • Educational attainment
  • Labour supply
  • Marital disruptions
  • Wage rates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Economics and Econometrics

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