08 October 2019

Why parental unemployment matters for children’s educational attainment: Empirical evidence from The Netherlands

This study examined the effect of parents’ unemployment on their children’s subsequent educational attainment. There was a direct negative effect between fathers’ unemployment duration and their children’s educational attainment and also an indirect effect through mothers’ changing attitudes towards work. Furthermore,  mothers and fathers whose views about work became more pessimistic led to reduced educational attainment among their children.