Unemployment insurance effects on child academic outcomes: Results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, Colleen M. Heflin

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Abstract

Despite evidence linking parental unemployment spells and negative child outcomes, there is very little research that explores how participation in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program could buffer these effects. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 79 (NLSY79) and Children of the NLSY79 data, we estimate a series of fixed effects and instrumental variables models to estimate the relationship between UI participation and the Peabody Individual Achievement Test (math and reading comprehension). Once we control for the non-random selection process into UI participation, our results suggest a positive relationship between UI participation and PIAT math scores. None of the models suggests a negative influence of UI participation on child outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume47
Issue numberP3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Academic outcomes
  • Social spending
  • Unemployment insurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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