Seminar

Seminar: A Setback Set Right? The Intermediating Role of the Education System in the Event of Family Distress

Dinsdag 8 oktober 2019 geeft Renske Stans (Uni Bonn) een presentatie getiteld: "A Setback Set Right? The Intermediating Role of the Education System in the Event of Family Distress"

Datum
8 oktober 2019
Tijd
13:00 - 14:00
Locatie
CPB-kantoor, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, Den Haag (Vergaderzaal 3 - Braamzaal)
Presentatie
Renske Stans (Uni Bonn)
Discussant
Derk Visser (CPB)
Voertaal
English

This paper documents that losing a grandparent shortly before a high-stakes track placement test can have long-lasting effects on child education outcomes. I employ administrative registers from the Netherlands, that allow me to exploit the quasi-random timing of death to causally identify the effect of pre-test grandparental bereavement on educational outcomes. The findings show that grandparental death leads to lower test outcomes, and subsequently a reduced likelihood of attending or graduating from the highest track of secondary education. Although I observe that affected children more often switch to a higher track later-on, the original disadvantage tends to prevail until graduation. Hence, the educational setup does not fully succeed in setting right the initial event of family distress, hampering equality of opportunity.

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