An analysis of children's health, behavior, and educational outcomes
A growing fraction of children in Western countries live in households with only one parent or in households with a step-parent. Our concern in this study is the impact of contact with the non-residential parent on child outcomes. We use a population sample of Danes and explore children's educational achievement, health outcomes, and criminal activity. Information on the travel distance between the child and the child's non-residential parent's household is employed to proxy for contact and instrumental variables techniques control for endogeneity. Preliminary results suggest better outcomes for children who live farther away from their non-residential parent.
Child outcomes; Distance; Parental separation
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Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA), 2010