Maternal Education and Child Attainment in Jamaica: Testing the Bargaining Power Hypothesis
AbstractIn a bargaining model of household decision-making, any variable reflecting the outside opportunities of household members will influence household demand patterns. Mother's education has been found to be an important determinant of children's education and health outcomes. This paper argues that, within a bargaining framework, mother's education may influence children's health and education by shifting bargaining power within the household. An empirical strategy is developed and applied to data on teenage grade attainment and school enrollment in Jamaica. The results support the bargaining power hypothesis and imply a broader role for mother's education than has previously been considered. Copyright 1996 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Volume (Year): 58 (1996)
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