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Trade-off between child labour and schooling in Bangladesh: the role of parents' education

Ahmed, Salma and Ray, Ranjan 2011, Trade-off between child labour and schooling in Bangladesh: the role of parents' education, Monash University Department of Economics discussion papers, vol. 21/11, pp. 1-40.

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Title Trade-off between child labour and schooling in Bangladesh: the role of parents' education
Author(s) Ahmed, Salma
Ray, Ranjan
Journal name Monash University Department of Economics discussion papers
Volume number 21/11
Start page 1
End page 40
Total pages 40
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Melbourne
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1441-5429
Keyword(s) child labour
education
Bangladesh
Notes The paper examines whether there is any trade-off between child labour hours and child schooling outcomes. By drawing on Bangladesh National Child Labour Survey data, we find that children’s work, even in limited amounts, does adversely affect child human capital. This is reflected in reduced school attendance and age-adjusted school attendance rates. We find that parents do not have identical preferences towards boys’ and girls’ schooling decisions. While both, educated mother and father shifts the trade-off towards girls’ schooling as opposed to market work, the differential impact of mother’s education on girls is significantly larger. These conclusions persist even after allowing for sample selection into child’s work. Our results intensify the call for better enforcement of compulsory schooling for children.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 910208 Micro Labour Market Issues
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2012, Monash University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054864

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