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Title: Essays in Labor Economics
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1. Datta, Priyankar
Essays in Labor Economics
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 2022
Cohort(s): NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Divorce; Educational Outcomes; Gender Differences; Home Ownership; Parental Marital Status; Private Schools

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Chapter two explores the importance of divorce in explaining the gender gap in children's long-term educational outcomes. I find large differences in the gender gap between divorced and non-divorced families. Boys perform much worse in divorced families. I use a sibling fixed effects model to find that boys in divorced families have a lower likelihood of graduating high school and attending college relative to their sisters. My results show that boys' likelihood of graduating high school declines by 6.4 percentage points if their parents are divorced before they turn 13, and their chances of attending college decline by 12.2 percentage points if they are a teenager at the time of divorce. I find that parents' divorce is unrelated to the gender gap in achievement scores. My event study models show a drop in boys' achievement scores relative to girls around the time of divorce.

Chapter three examines the effect of housing wealth changes on private school enrolment. I use data from The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth's child supplement to examine the relationship between housing wealth and private school enrolment. I use a multinomial logit model and find that self-reported housing price changes increase the likelihood that respondents switch from private to public school. Heterogeneity analyses reveal that house price increases have a positive relationship between switching from private to public school across income, gender, race, and religion. Finally, a rise in house prices increases the likelihood that a child moves from public school to private school when transitioning from middle school to private school.

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Datta, Priyankar. Essays in Labor Economics. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 2022.