A growing share of children live apart from one of their parents before reaching adulthood. Many policymakers are concerned about the welfare of these children who (partly) grow up in single-parent households. Numerous papers in various social science disciplines document a strong negative empirical association between parental divorce and a wide range of children’s outcomes. This general relationship is highly persistent, leaving the children of divorced parents economically and emotionally worse off, even in adulthood. Most scholars are aware that it is not clear to what degree this relationship is causal (see, e.g., Manski et al 1992, Painter and Levine 2000, Amato 2010, BhrolchÃ¡in 2013, GÃ¤hler and Palmtag 2015). A number of confounding factors that provoke parental divorce ”“ for example, emotional stress or parenting disputes ”“ may also be detrimental to children’s outcomes.
In a new paper, we analyse various outcomes for children who experienced parental divorce (Frimmel et al. 2016).