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Working or Schooling: What Determine Children’s Time Allocation in Senegal ?


  • Eric Bonsang
  • Ousman Faye


This paper examines the empirical evidence underlying Senegalese household decision making on children occupations. Using household survey data we test the impact of household and individual characteristics on children activities, focusing on three mutually exclusive ones: school, housework and work. The originality of this paper is to highlight the importance of the opportunity costs of schooling (proxied by the presence of basic and facilities) on children activities. The paper also investigates the impact of female bargaining power on children activities. Such a power affects positively and significantly children schooling with a noteworthy gender bias favorable to boys.

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  • Eric Bonsang & Ousman Faye, 2005. "Working or Schooling: What Determine Children’s Time Allocation in Senegal ?," CREPP Working Papers 0508, Centre de Recherche en Economie Publique et de la Population (CREPP) (Research Center on Public and Population Economics) HEC-Management School, University of Liège.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpp:wpaper:0508

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    1. Amao, Ifeoluwapo & Akinlade, Roseline, 2014. "Child labour among Horticultural Households in Bauchi State, Nigeria: A gender perspective," MPRA Paper 55708, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Time Allocation; Child labour; Child Schooling; Multinomial Logit; Senegal;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa


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