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Elliott Fan

National Taiwan University
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road
Taipei, 106 Taiwan

E-Mail: elliottfan@ntu.edu.tw

NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2019Understanding the Mechanisms of Parental Divorce Effects on Child’s Higher Education
with Yen-Chien Chen, Jin-Tan Liu: w25886
In this paper we evaluate the degree to which the adverse parental divorce effect on university education operates through deprivation of economic resources. Using one million siblings from Taiwan, we first find that parental divorce occurring at ages 13-18 led to a 10.6 percent decrease in the likelihood of university admission at age 18. We then use the same sample to estimate the effect of parental job loss occurring at the same ages, and use the job-loss effect as a benchmark to indicate the potential parental divorce effect due to family income loss. We find the job-loss effect very little. Combined, these results imply a minor role played by reduced income in driving the parental divorce effect on the child’s higher education outcome. Non-economic mechanisms, such as psychological an...
August 2014Is the 'Quarter of Birth' Endogenous? Evidence From One Million Siblings in Taiwan
with Jin-Tan Liu, Yen-Chien Chen: w20444
Recent studies based on US data have provided evidence to suggest that the 'quarter of birth' (QOB) may be endogenous and that the use of QOB as an instrumental variable will consequently produce inconsistent estimates (see Buckles and Hungerman, 2013). Such potential endogeneity is addressed in this study by estimating the effects of QOB on university attendance using a Taiwanese dataset on approximately one million siblings. Our estimations are mainly reliant upon the strength of the family fixed-effects model, a regression discontinuity design and a simulation procedure. Our results, in sharp contrast to the US findings, suggest that family background characteristics can explain very little of the relationship between QOB and the probability of university attendance at the age of 18. Th...
 
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