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Number of children and their education in Philippine households

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  • Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr.

    (Philippine Institute for Development Studies)

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This paper shows how large family size can be an important contributor to poverty in the Philippines. It examines one of the mechanisms behind this link by focusing on the relation between the number of children and school attendance of children 6-24 years old. It surveys the international literature to establish how the problem has been approached and what the results are for other countries. It then formulates and tests a model using a nationally representative household survey data for the Philippines to explain what determines the decision to keep children in school. The model specifically considered the endogeneity of the number of children-in-school attendance equations.

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Article provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society in its journal Philippine Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 123-154

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Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:46:y:2009:i:2:p:123-154

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  1. Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2006. "Children and Household Savings in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22672, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009. "Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities: the Case of the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2009-27, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Albert, Jose Ramon G. & Ramos, Andre Philippe & Quimba, Francis Mark A. & Almeda, Jocelyn P., 2012. "Profile of Out-of-School Children in the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2012-01, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  4. VERHEYDEN Bertrand & FAYE Ousmane, 2011. "Fertility and Child Occupation: Theory and Evidence from Senegal," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2011-59, CEPS/INSTEAD.

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