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The Effects of Risk on Education in Indonesia

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We study the effects of risk and uncertainty on education in Indonesia. Households that face more uncertainty and that have limited or no access to formal insurance will have a higher motive for self-insurance, and this may have adverse consequences for investment in child education. A key contribution of the article is to decompose risk into village- and household-level components and to estimate whether they have different effects on education. We find no evidence of household risk affecting child education; however, there is evidence that village risk adversely affects investment in education.

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  • Emla Fitzsimons, 2007. "The Effects of Risk on Education in Indonesia," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 56, pages 1-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:ecdecc:v:56:y:2007:p:1-25
    DOI: 10.1086/520560
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