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Does School Quality Matter for Working Children?

Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper

45 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2011 Last revised: 13 Mar 2011

Lorenzo Guarcello

United Nations - UCW Programme

Furio C. Rosati

United Nations - UCW Program; University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This paper aims to begin to fill in the gap about the possible role of school quality in affecting household decisions relative to children’s work and school attendance. While from a theoretical point of view, we would expect school quality to be an important determinant of household decisions, as it influences expected return to education, there is almost no empirical evidence available on the matter. We first review evidence based on cross country data to assess whether some clear stylized fact can be identified: cross country data show that children’s work and school attendance are negatively (positively) correlated to a few of the available school indicators. Subsequently, we use micro data for Yemen (YNPS, 1999 and Yemen School Based Survey, 1999/2000) and Cambodia (CSES and EMIS, 2003/204) to identify the effects of school quality on school attendance and children’s work, and results become more definitive. Our finding suggest that school quality matters for working children: better schools do reduce participation to economic activities and increase school attendance.

Keywords: child labour, education, school quality, Yemen, Cambodia

JEL Classification: J13, N35, I21, I31, D10

Suggested Citation

Guarcello, Lorenzo and Rosati, Furio C., Does School Quality Matter for Working Children? (April 2007). Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1780143

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Furio C. Rosati

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