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The Consequences of Population Growth on Human Resource Development: The Case of Education

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  • Kelley, Allen C.
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    A review of the large empirical literature using household-level data on the impacts of family size on educational outcomes (enrollment, attendance, completion) reveals mixed results. Many studies fail to uncover statistically significant links; those that do usually reveal small impacts. More often than not large families have a small negative impact on educational outcomes, especially for girls, although the latter finding is fragile statistically. However, the existence of contrary results where the impacts of family size on educational outcomes are positive, and where girls are advantaged, tends to qualify any strong generalizations.

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    Paper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 95-25.

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    Date of creation: 1995
    Publication status: Published in THE IMPACT OF POPULATION GROWTH ON WELL-BEING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, edited by Dennis A. Ahlburg, Allen C. Kelley and Karen Oppenheim Mason (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), 1996, pages 67-137
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