Family Structure and the Educational Outcomes of British Children: Some Preliminary Evidence

By Yuxin Li and Karen A. Mumford.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study explores whether dual biological parent families are more efficient at producing children educational outcomes than are families with other parental structures in Britain. In the process we provide new results on the interrelationships between education and family structure via a stochastic production process perspective. We find that dual parent biological families are on average more efficient at producing childhood educational outcomes (math and english test results) than are families with other parental types. However, this educational outcome advantage is found to be decreasing over time.

Keywords: Education, Family Structure, Educational Outcomes

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.643-656. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.278MB).

Yuxin Li

Dr, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Prof. Karen A. Mumford

Professor, Economics Department, University of York, York, UK

Karen Mumford is a Professor of Economics at the University of York. Her research is primarily concerned with the relative labour market position of women; and implications from using the family as the unit of analysis for childhood education outcomes.


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