Who Gets to Stay in School? Long-run Impact of Income Shocks on Schooling in Rural Tanzania
AbstractThis paper shows that income shocks to rural households have permanent effects on the eductional attainment of 7-15 year old children within the household.� Using a 13 year panel survey of households in rural Tanzania, I find that idiosyncratic crop shocks such as pests, theft and fire cause changes in the distribution of schooling among children within the household that persist 10-13 years after the shock.� They affect older (12-15) girls and younger (7-11) boys most adversely.� The effects are remarkably persistent in households affected by shocks of varying magnitudes.� An investigation of plausible channels for these effects suggests that an increase in the chore burden of older girls within the household in response to a crop shock is likely to be part of the explanation for the adverse effect of shocks on this cohort.
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