Social Norms, Spatial Dependence, and Children's Activities: Evidence from India
35 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2006
Date Written: February 2006
After controlling for a wide range of determinants of children's participation in work, school, and idleness, we examine whether or not there exists spatial dependence in children's activities in neighboring Indian districts. We find that correlation among neighboring districts' observables and unobservables play a significant role in determining the proportion of children who attend school, work, and are idle in a district. We attribute a large part of spatially correlated unobservables to common social attitudes, beliefs, and norms with respect to children's activities in neighboring districts.
Keywords: Child Labor, Education, Spatial Dependence, India
JEL Classification: I20, J24
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