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Does Mother's Employment Affect Children’s Schooling? An Empirical Evidence from Indonesian Households

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  • Purmini


    (Universitas Bengkulu)

  • Sutyastie Soemitro Remi


    (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Yayan Satyakti


    (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Mohamad Fahmi


    (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Iqbal Dawam Wibisono


    (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

In almost all society in the world, women are assigned by culture to be the primary caregiver for the children in the households (UNDP, 1995 in Glick, 2002). Despite their primary role in the household, mothers can also contribute to their family by involving themselves in employment activity. This can potentially improve the wellbeing of their family, including their children's education. Using multilevel mixedeffects probit, this study examines the effect of mother’s employment on children’s schooling with panel data from Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS) 2000 and 2007. Result shows that mother’s employment have a positive impact on children’s schooling decision.The results also demonstrate the effect of variables such as mother and father education, mother and father income, numbers of siblings, and family wealth. In addition, this study also compares the effect in urban and rural area, different regions, and different religions. However, this study confirms that mother's employment have an important role on children's schooling decision.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University in its series Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) with number 201603.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2016
Date of revision: Dec 2016
Handle: RePEc:unp:wpaper:201603
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