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Adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean: Examining Time Allocation Decisions with Cross-Country Data

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  • Naercio Menezes-Filho
  • Reynaldo Fernandez
  • Paulo Picchetti
  • Ricardo Paes de Barros
  • Carlos Henrique Corseuil
  • Miguel Fogel
  • Daniel Santos
  • Simone Wajnman
  • Maria Carolina Leme

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This paper uses micro data from a collection of household surveys conducted in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to examine the time allocation decisions of adolescents. We find that an econometric model with household and country-level variables, when applied simultaneously to all the countries in the sample, is able to predict quite well the choices among school, work, both or neither in most of the countries. Moreover, the household variables alone, especially parental education, go a long way towards predicting the rates of school attendance, which means that the stage of development, as measured by per capita GDP for example, impacts human capital accumulation mainly through the households’characteristics.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 3163.

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Date of creation: Aug 2002
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:3163

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  2. Carine Milcent & Jack Huguenin & Danielle Carusi-Machado, 2005. "Children In Brazil: Health, Education And Work," Anais do XXXIII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 33th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 173, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].

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