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Does a Diversification Motive Influence Children’s School Entry in the Ethiopian Highlands?

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  • Lindskog, Annika

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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Household-level diversification of human capital investments is investigated. A simple model is developed, followed by an empirical analysis using 2000-2007 data from the rural Amhara region of Ethiopia. Diversification would imply negative siblings’ dependency and be more important in more risk-averse households. Hence it is investigated if older siblings’ literacy has a more negative (smaller if positive) impact on younger siblings’ school entry in more risk-averse households. Results suggest diversification across brothers, but are not statistically strong, and with forces creating positive sibling dependency dominating over diversification.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 494.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0494

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Keywords: Diversification; Education; Ethiopia; Uncertainty;

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  1. Lindskog, Annika, 2013. "The effect of siblings’ education on school-entry in the Ethiopian highlands," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 45-68.

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