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Environmental Goods Collection and Children’s Schooling: Evidence from Kenya

Simon Ndiritu () and Wilfred Nyangena

RFF Working Paper Series from Resources for the Future

Abstract: This paper presents an empirical study of schooling attendance and collection of environmental resources using cross-sectional data from the Kiambu District of Kenya. Because the decision to collect environmental resources and attend school is jointly determined, we used a bivariate probit method to model the decisions. In addition, we corrected for the possible endogeneity of resource collection work in the school attendance equation by using instrumental variable probit estimation. One of the key findings is that being involved in resource collection reduces the likelihood of a child attending school. The result supports the hypothesis of a negative relationship between children working to collect resources and the likelihood that they will attend school. The results further show that a child’s mother’s involvement in resource collection increases school attendance. In addition, there is no school attendance discrimination against girls, but they are overburdened by resource collection work. The study recommends immediate policy interventions focusing on the provision of public amenities, such as water and fuelwood.

Keywords: environmental goods collection; firewood; water; children; schooling; Kenya (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-08-23
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