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New research shows Berlin Wall made a difference in parenting

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the birth rate in East Germany effectively halved. Those who were born at this time grew up markedly different from other generations, being 40 per cent more likely to commit crimes as adults.

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The article cites research presented at The Children of the Wall event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Children born after the Iron Curtain fell have worse parents, study claims

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Children born after the Iron Curtain fell have worse parents, study claims | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A generation of Germans born in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall suffered poor parenting from "risk loving" mothers and fathers, according to a new study.
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Article refers to research being presented at an ESRC Festival of Social Science event.

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Children of the Berlin Wall fall

Children of the Berlin Wall fall | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children born in crises face different initial conditions. Data on children born in East Germany just after the Berlin Wall came down confirms that this corresponds to worse adult outcomes. ‘Children of the Wall’ have 40% higher arrest rates, are 33% more likely to have repeated a grade by age 12, and are 9% more likely to have been put into a lower educational track. This column argues that these negative outcomes can be explained by the lower average parenting skills of those who decided to have children during a period of high economic uncertainty.

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Article features research from the Centre for Economic Performace (which receives ESRC funding), which was presented at an ESRC Festival of Social Science event.

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