An extensive literature examines the intergenerational spillover effects of education, but evidence on the causal effects of children’s education on their parents’ outcomes is scant. We estimate the spillover effects of children’s schooling on their mothers’ attitudes towards domestic violence in Turkey. To identify the causal effect of children’s schooling, we exploit a reform that took place in Turkey in 1997 and expanded compulsory schooling from five to eight years. Using a regression discontinuity design based on monthly birth cohorts and data from the 2008 and 2013 waves of Turkey Demographic and Health Surveys, we show that mothers whose eldest daughters were exposed to higher compulsory schooling are by 12 percentage points less likely to find domestic violence justifiable, which represents a decrease by 40%. We find no similar effect of boys’ schooling. Our findings demonstrate that children’s schooling can have impacts on their parents’ attitudes, and such effects are likely to vary by gender of the child.

The effect of compulsory schooling expansion on mothers’ attitudes towards domestic violence in Turkey

Selim Gulesci;TROMMLEROVA', SOFIA KARINA
2020

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An extensive literature examines the intergenerational spillover effects of education, but evidence on the causal effects of children’s education on their parents’ outcomes is scant. We estimate the spillover effects of children’s schooling on their mothers’ attitudes towards domestic violence in Turkey. To identify the causal effect of children’s schooling, we exploit a reform that took place in Turkey in 1997 and expanded compulsory schooling from five to eight years. Using a regression discontinuity design based on monthly birth cohorts and data from the 2008 and 2013 waves of Turkey Demographic and Health Surveys, we show that mothers whose eldest daughters were exposed to higher compulsory schooling are by 12 percentage points less likely to find domestic violence justifiable, which represents a decrease by 40%. We find no similar effect of boys’ schooling. Our findings demonstrate that children’s schooling can have impacts on their parents’ attitudes, and such effects are likely to vary by gender of the child.
2020
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Gulesci, Selim; Erik, Meyersson; Trommlerova', SOFIA KARINA
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