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The effect of parental labor supply on child schooling: evidence from trade liberalization in India

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  • Beyza Ural Marchand

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  • Ray Rees

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  • Raymond Riezman

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This paper estimates the effect of changes in maternal and paternal labor supply on the schooling rates of children in India using the variation in industry-specific tariffs during a period of trade liberalization. The results show that an increase in maternal labor supplied outside of the household leads to a higher schooling probability for younger children. Specifically, a 1 day per week increase in maternal labor supply is associated with an approximately 5 % points increase in the schooling probability for children between the ages of 7 and 10. However, father’s labor supply has an insignificant effect on child schooling across all specifications. The effect for older children between the ages of 11 and 14, who face a tradeoff between schooling, market work, and domestic work, is also found to be insignificant. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.

Volume (Year): 11 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 151-173

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Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:11:y:2013:i:2:p:151-173

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Keywords: Child schooling; Labor supply; Trade liberalization; India; D13; J13; O12; O19;

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  1. Shreyasee Das & Abhilasha Singh, 2013. "The Impact of Temporary Work Guarantee Programs on Children's Education: Evidence from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act from India," Working Papers 13-03, UW-Whitewater, Department of Economics.

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