Kondylis, Florence and Manacorda, Marco (2006) School proximity and child labour: evidence from rural Tanzania. CEP working paper, 1537. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.Full text not available from this repository.
This paper uses micro data from the 2000/01 Tanzanian Household Budget Survey to study the effect of distance to school on school enrollment and work decisions of rural children. A simple theoretical model illustrates that school proximity creates an incentive for children to combine work with school. While this unequivocally raises school attendance, it does not necessarily lead to a fall in child labor. Indeed, the reverse might be true. Consistent with the predictions of the model, the empirical analysis shows that a rise in distance to school is associated to a fall in the proportion of children combining work with school and an approximately equal rise in the proportion of full-time workers. Overall school attendance falls, with no effect on children's employment rate.
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