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Impact of Paternal Temporary Absence on Children Left Behind

Alison Booth () and Yuji Tamura

No 617, CEPR Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University

Abstract: Using the first two waves of the Vietnam Living Standards Survey, we investigate how a father’s temporary absence affects children left behind in terms of their school attendance, household expenditures on education, and nonhousework labour supply in the 1990s. The estimating subsample is children aged 7-18 in households in which both parents usually coreside and the mother has not been absent. Our results indicate that paternal temporary absence increases non housework labour supply by his son. The longer the absence of the father, the larger the impact. One additional month of paternal temporary absence increases a son’s nonhousework labour supply by approximately one week. However, a daughter’s nonhousework labour supply is not affected. We find no evidence that paternal temporary absence influences his children in terms of school attendance or education-related household expenditures.

Keywords: parental absence; temporary migration; schooling; human capital investment; child labour; Vietnam; VLSS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 O15 P36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-08
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