Does Family Structure Affect Children's Educational Outcomes?

  title={Does Family Structure Affect Children's Educational Outcomes?},
  author={Robert A Pollak and Donna K Ginther},
  journal={Labor: Demographics \& Economics of the Family},
  • R. Pollak, D. Ginther
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Psychology
  • Labor: Demographics & Economics of the Family
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