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School absenteeism, work and health among Brazilian children: Full information versus limited information model

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  • Danielle Carusi Machado

    (Universidade Federal Fluminense e Pesquisadora do CEDE-UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense e Pesquisadora do CEDE-UFF)

  • Carine Milcent

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Jack Huguenin

    (IEMS - Institut d'économie et de management de la santé - UNIL - Université de Lausanne)

We estimate a system of three behavioral equations for Brazilian children and teenagers (school absenteeism, health status and child labor). We relieved the assumption of independence of the disturbance terms of each equation. Moreover, if causality mechanisms between these three components (school absenteeism, health status and child labor) can occur either way, it can also be the result of a simultaneous decision-making process. Thus, to take into account both endogenous causality aspects and simultaneity, we estimate using the FIML method, which provides some improvement to the quality of the estimation, allowing us to simultaneously estimate all relevant parameters, including covariance parameters, and also to the subsequent interpretation of the results.

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Date of creation: 2013
Publication status: Published in Economia, Brookings Institution Press, 2013, 14 (2), pp.46-60. 〈10.1016/j.econ.2013.08.003〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:pseose:halshs-00943045
DOI: 10.1016/j.econ.2013.08.003
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