DP7890 School Proximity and Child Labor: Evidence from Rural Tanzania
|Author(s):||Florence Kondylis, Marco Manacorda|
|Publication Date:||June 2010|
|Keyword(s):||child labor, distance to school, school enrollment|
|JEL(s):||J22, J82, O12, O55|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics, Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=7890|
Is improved school accessibility an effective policy tool for reducing child labor in developing countries? We address this question using micro data from rural Tanzania and a regression strategy that attempts to control for non-random location of households around schools as well as classical and nonclassical measurement error in self-reported distance to school. Consistent with a simple model of child labor supply, but contrary to what appears to be a widespread perception, our analysis shows that school proximity leads to a rise in school attendance but no fall in child labor.