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Women's Economic Capacity and Children's Human Capital Accumulation

Jacobus de Hoop (), Patrick Premand, Furio Rosati () and Renos Vakis ()
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Jacobus de Hoop: UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti
Renos Vakis: World Bank

No 10501, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Programs that increase the economic capacity of poor women can have cascading effects on children's participation in school and work that are theoretically undetermined. We present a simple model to describe the possible channels through which these programs may affect children's activities. Based on a cluster-randomized trial, we examine how a program providing capital and training to women in poor rural communities in Nicaragua affected children. Children in beneficiary households are more likely to attend school one year after the end of the intervention. An increase in women's influence on household decisions appears to contribute to the program's beneficial effect on school attendance.

Keywords: women's economic capacity; female empowerment; Nicaragua; child labor; human capital accumulation; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 H43 I25 J22 J24 O15 O22 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev and nep-hrm
Date: 2017-01
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