Youth Education and Work in Mexico

Posted: 12 May 2012 Last revised: 15 May 2012

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Deborah Levison

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

Karine S. Moe

Macalester College - Department of Economics

Felicia Knaul

Mexican Health Foundation; Harvard Global Equity Initiative

Date Written: January 21, 2001

Abstract

A holistic approach to schooling in developing countries-considering schooling in conjunction with labor force work, child care, and other household responsibilities-is necessary to construct policies that will encourage greater educational attainment, especially for children and youth in poor families. Using data from the Encuesta Nacional de Empleo Urbano (ENEU), we jointly estimate the determinants of studying and working, doing both, or doing neither for 12 to 17 year-olds in urban Mexico. We consider the implications of defining work to include both labor force employment and household domestic work, in contrast to the traditional definition of market-based employment. Results based on the traditional definition indicate that girls are 13.8 percentage points more likely than boys to specialize in school, while those based on the more inclusive measure of work indicate that girls are 7.7 percentage points less likely than boys to specialize in school.

Keywords: Latin America, Mexico, education, child labor, gender, housework

Suggested Citation

Levison, Deborah and Moe, Karine S. and Knaul, Felicia, Youth Education and Work in Mexico (January 21, 2001). World Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 167, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056555

Deborah Levison

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Karine S. Moe

Macalester College - Department of Economics ( email )

1600 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States

Felicia Knaul (Contact Author)

Mexican Health Foundation ( email )

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