DP3818 The Effects of Overcrowded Housing on Children's Performance at School
|Author(s):||Dominique Goux, Eric Maurin|
|Publication Date:||March 2003|
|Keyword(s):||overcrowded housing, school performance|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics, Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3818|
In France, almost one in five 15 year olds lives in a home with at least two children per bedroom. More than 60% of these adolescents have been held back in primary or middle school, a proportion that is more than 20 points higher than it is on average for adolescents of the same age. This Paper develops a semi-parametric analysis that suggests a relation of cause and effect between living in an overcrowded home and falling behind at school. According to our estimations, the disparity in living conditions is a very important channel through which parents’ lack of financial resources affects their children’s schooling.