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Child Labor, Schooling, and Child Ability (Working Paper)

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  • Richard Akresh
  • Emilie Bagby
  • Daien de Walque
  • Harounan Kazianga

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Using data collected in rural Burkina Faso, this working paper examines how children's cognitive abilities influence households' decisions to invest in their education. The analysis uses variations in rainfall experienced in utero or early childhood to measure ability. It finds that rainfall shocks experienced in utero have direct negative impacts on a child's education and increase labor hours compared with the child's siblings.

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  • Richard Akresh & Emilie Bagby & Daien de Walque & Harounan Kazianga, 2012. "Child Labor, Schooling, and Child Ability (Working Paper)," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 586f34b0e5e0401b9ca203fa8, Mathematica Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:586f34b0e5e0401b9ca203fa80365b54
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    1. Akresh, Richard & de Walque, Damien & Kazianga, Harounan, 2013. "Cash transfers and child schooling : evidence from a randomized evaluation of the role of conditionality," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6340, The World Bank.

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    Child Labor Schooling Child Ability International;

    JEL classification:

    • F - International Economics
    • Z - Other Special Topics

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