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Child labour or school attendance? Evidence from Zambia

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  • Peter Jensen

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Science Park Aarhus, Gustav Wieds Vej 10c, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark)

  • Helena Skyt Nielsen

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Science Park Aarhus, Gustav Wieds Vej 10c, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate what affects school attendance and child labour in an LDC, using data for Zambia. Since the data comes from a household survey with information on all household members it allows us to take account of unobserved household effects by introducing household-specific effects in a logit model. The empirical analysis suggests that both economic and sociological variables are important determinants for the choice between school attendance and child labour. In particular, we find some support for the hypothesis that poverty forces households to keep their children away from school. JEL classification: J24, I21, O15

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  • Peter Jensen & Helena Skyt Nielsen, 1997. "Child labour or school attendance? Evidence from Zambia," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 10(4), pages 407-424.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:10:y:1997:i:4:p:407-424
    Note: Received May 20, 1996/Accepted January 2, 1997
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    Keywords

    Child labour · human capital · household-specific effects;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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