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The Within-household Schooling Decision: A Study of Children in Rural Andhra Pradesh

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  • Ota, Masako

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Peter G. Moffatt

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Using microdata from a field survey of children in rural Andhra Pradesh, India, we estimate econometric models which aim to identify the key explanatory factors in the school versus out-of-school dichotomy. The approach differs from that of many other previous studies of child schooling, by focusing on the effects of sibling competition within the household. The value of this approach is confirmed by our findings that the schooling decision depends as much on the child's characteristics and position within the household, as on the circumstances of the household taken as a unit.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 with number 152.

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  1. Richard Akresh & Emilie Bagby & Daien de Walque & Harounan Kazianga, 2012. "Child Labor, Schooling, and Child Ability," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7478, Mathematica Policy Research.
  2. Diaz-Serrano, Luis & Pérez, Jessica, 2013. "Impact of Duration of Primary Education on School Outcomes: A Cross-Country Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 7793, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  9. Akresh, Richard & Edmonds, Eric V., 2010. "The Analytical Returns to Measuring a Detailed Household Roster," IZA Discussion Papers 4759, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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