Impact of Paternal Temporary Absence on Children Left Behind

29 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2009 Last revised: 29 Nov 2009

Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yuji Tamura

Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University; Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

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Date Written: November 17, 2009

Abstract

Using the first two waves of the Vietnam Living Standards Survey, we investigate how a father’s temporary absence affects children left behind in terms of their school attendance, household expenditures on education, and nonhousework labor supply in the 1990s. The estimating subsample is children aged 7-18 in households in which both parents usually coreside and the mother has not been absent. Our results indicate that paternal temporary absence increases nonhousework labor supply by his son. The longer the absence of the father, the larger the impact. One additional month of paternal temporary absence increases a son’s nonhousework labor supply by approximately one week. However, a daughter’s nonhousework labor supply is not affected. We find no evidence that paternal temporary absence influences his children in terms of school attendance or education-related household expenditures.

Keywords: parental absence, temporary migration, schooling, human capital investment, child labor, Vietnam, VLSS

JEL Classification: I22, O15, P36

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Tamura, Yuji, Impact of Paternal Temporary Absence on Children Left Behind (November 17, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1504412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1504412

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