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Children's Schooling in Developing-Country Slums: A Comparison of Egypt and India

Mark Montgomery, Monica Grant, Barbara Mensch and Rania Roushdy

No 05-07, Department of Economics Working Papers from Stony Brook University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper explores the implications of urban poverty for children's educational attainment, a central measure of human capital that has a well-documented and pervasive influence on later-life demographic and labor force behavior. We compare levels of children's schooling in Cairo and urban Egypt with those of Allahabad, India, a rapidly growing city of some 1.1 million persons in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, looking for poverty effects at both household and neighborhood levels.

Date: 2005-04
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