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The effect of parental labor supply on child schooling: evidence from trade liberalization in India

  • Beyza Ural Marchand

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  • Ray Rees

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  • Raymond Riezman

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This paper estimates the effect of changes in maternal and paternal labor supply on the schooling rates of children in India using the variation in industry-specific tariffs during a period of trade liberalization. The results show that an increase in maternal labor supplied outside of the household leads to a higher schooling probability for younger children. Specifically, a 1 day per week increase in maternal labor supply is associated with an approximately 5 % points increase in the schooling probability for children between the ages of 7 and 10. However, father’s labor supply has an insignificant effect on child schooling across all specifications. The effect for older children between the ages of 11 and 14, who face a tradeoff between schooling, market work, and domestic work, is also found to be insignificant. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Volume (Year): 11 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 151-173

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