Astrid L. Grasdal

Department of Economics,
University of Bergen,
Postboks 7800, NO-5020

E-Mail: astrid.grasdal@econ.uib.no

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2019Fathers' Multiple-Partner Fertility and Children’s Educational Outcomes
with Donna K. Ginther, Robert A. Pollak: w26242
Fathers' multiple-partner fertility (MPF) is associated with substantially worse educational outcomes for children. We focus on children in fathers’ “second families” when the second families are nuclear families – households consisting of a man, a woman, their joint children, and no other children. We analyze outcomes for almost 75,000 Norwegian children all of whom, until they were at least age 18, lived in nuclear families. Children with MPF fathers are more likely than other children from nuclear families to drop out of secondary school (24% vs 17%) and less likely to obtain bachelor’s degree (44% vs 51%). These gaps remain substantial after controlling for child and parental characteristics such as income and wealth, education and age: 4 percentage points (ppt) for dropping out of s...

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