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Biological versus foster children education : the old-age support motive as a catch-up determinant ? Some evidence from Indonesia



This paper aims at explaining differences in education among foster-children and between foster and biological children in developing countries. Foster-children whose biological parents are alive may provide old-age support for both their host and biological parents. Therefore foster-children have lower returns to education than biological children and should receive less human capital investment in household where both types of children live together. However, in households where foster-children are alone, host parents will over-invest in their education to ensure that the expected old-age support will equal a minimum amount to survive. Using data from Indonesia, we provide some evidence supporting our hypothesis.

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  • Karine Marazyan, 2008. "Biological versus foster children education : the old-age support motive as a catch-up determinant ? Some evidence from Indonesia," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne v08042, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:v08042

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    Household structure; child fostering; sibling rivalry.;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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