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Child work and schooling in rural north India: What do time use data say about tradeoffs and drivers of human capital investment?

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  • Sudha Narayanan

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Sowmya Dhanraj

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development ResearchInstitute of Economic Growth)

Abstract

This study examines time use data for 1244 children in the age-group 6-12 years in 274 villages in eight states in rural north India to understand the tradeoffs between time spent in school, time spent at work, time spent on home study and liesure. Using a Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SURE) model, we find that only a few variables influence allocation of time to different activities across the board. Overall, there seems to be no tradeoff between time spent at school and at work, whereas leisure time and home study appear to be compromised for the sake of work.

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  • Sudha Narayanan & Sowmya Dhanraj, 2013. "Child work and schooling in rural north India: What do time use data say about tradeoffs and drivers of human capital investment?," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2013-023, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
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    Keywords

    time use; primary schooling; India; child labour; seemingly unrelated regression;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other

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