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Determinants of Child Labor and School Attendance: The Role of Household Unobservables

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We develop a semi-parametric latent class random effects multinomial logit model to distinguish between observed and unobserved household characteristics as determinants of child labor, school attendance and idleness. We find that much of the substitution between activities as a response to changes in covariates is between attending school and being idle, with work being rather resistant. Unobserved household heterogeneity is substantial and swamps observed income and wealth heterogeneity. A characterization of households into latent types reveals very different instrinsic propensities towards the three children's activities and that households with a high propensity to send their children to school are poorer and have less educated parents compared to households in the other classes.

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Paper provided by Hunter College Department of Economics in its series Economics Working Paper Archive at Hunter College with number 02/9.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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