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Government Expenditures on Education, Fertility Rate, and Child Schooling

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In many developing countries, a modern sector coexists with a traditional, informal, sector often intensive in child labor. In such a setting, when parents care about both the number and wellbeing of offsping, but also attach an economic value to children, there is a positive association between the total fertility rate and child's time allocated to schooling. As a result, Government expenditures on education fail to enhance optimal growth of human capital.

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  • Dessy, Sylvain E., 1998. "Government Expenditures on Education, Fertility Rate, and Child Schooling," Cahiers de recherche 9807, Université Laval - Département d'économique.
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    Keywords

    Child labor; Human capital; Imperfect substitutability; Modern good; Public Education; Traditional good;

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    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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