Risk and schooling decisions in rural Madagascar: a panel data analysis
In particular, the paper investigates whether childrens tendency to join school and to drop out of school responds to transient shocks. It also investigates issues such as gender and intra household resource allocation.
The paper finds that:
- transitory income affects childrens school dropout behaviours significantly but not school entrance. This result is consistent with the observation that childrens participation to household chores and agricultural activities increases with age
- the probability of school entrance appears to be sensitive to shocks in the demographic structure of the household since it is negatively correlated with the death or moving out of elderly household members
- parents in the sample favoured girls in terms of education
- there is weak evidence of resource competition among siblings.