How Much Work is Too Much? Effects of Child Work Hours on Schooling - The Case of Egypt

Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 31, pp. 53-97, 2010

Population and Economic Development Working Paper No. 10-04

40 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2010 Last revised: 26 Nov 2013

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Ragui A. Assaad

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Deborah Levison

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Vietnam National University Ha Noi; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) - Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Abstract

How much work is ‘‘too much’’ for children aged 10-14 in Egypt? Our narrow focus here is on ‘‘work that does not interfere with school attendance.’’ For girls, work includes time spent in household chores and subsistence activities. We estimate simultaneous hours of work and school attendance equations as a joint Tobit and Probit model, then conduct simulations. Substantial negative effects on attendance are observed above about 10 hours per week (girls) and 14 hours (boys). For girls, heavy household work appears causal, but for boys, it seems that poor schooling leads to boys’ dropout, then subsequent work.

Keywords: child labor, Egypt, joint Tobit and Probit model

JEL Classification: J2, N3, O1, C3

Suggested Citation

Assaad, Ragui A. and Levison, Deborah and Dang, Hai-Anh H., How Much Work is Too Much? Effects of Child Work Hours on Schooling - The Case of Egypt. Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 31, pp. 53-97, 2010, Population and Economic Development Working Paper No. 10-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1704800

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