The Consequences of Rapid Population Growth on Human Resource Development: The Case of Education

76 Pages Posted: 6 May 1997

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Allen C. Kelley

Duke University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 1994

Abstract

A review of the large empirical literature using household-level data on the impacts of family size on educational outcomes (enrollment, attendance, completion) reveals mixed results. Many studies fail to uncover statistically significant links; those that do usually reveal small impacts. More often than not large families have a small negative impact on educational outcomes, especially for girls, although the latter finding is fragile statistically. However, the existence of contrary results where the impacts of family size on educational outcomes are positive, and where girls are advantaged, tends to qualify any strong generalizations.

JEL Classification: I2, J10, J24

Suggested Citation

Kelley, Allen C., The Consequences of Rapid Population Growth on Human Resource Development: The Case of Education (August 1994). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=15564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.15564

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