• Moving home not a major determinant of #children´s academic performance, but contexts matter – new research in LLCS

New paper (with Janeen Baxter) in Longitudinal and Life Course Studies titled ‘Residential relocations and academic performance of Australian children: A longitudinal analysis.’
Together with Professor Janeen Baxter, I use data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) to examine the associations between residential relocations and academic performance.

Our findings indicate that, under certain conditions, residential relocations are moderately associated with school performance. Results showed that children who relocate often (3 or more times) display worse school performance, but this association is explained by characteristics of the home and family context. In contrast children who relocate moderately (1-2 times) display better school performance after controlling for other things.Overall, while changing residence is not in itself a major determinant of academic performance, the contexts and environments where children are embedded matter. Relocations that are detrimental for academic performance are embedded in contexts of disadvantage, suggesting that policies aimed at supporting disadvantaged families may widely benefit children’s cognitive development.

You can find their journal paper here and a pre-publication here