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Working or Schooling: What Determine Children’s Time Allocation in Senegal ?

Eric Bonsang and Ousmane Faye ()

CREPP Working Papers from Centre de Recherche en Economie Publique et de la Population (CREPP) (Research Center on Public and Population Economics) HEC-Management School, University of Liège

Abstract: This paper examines the empirical evidence underlying Senegalese household decision making on children occupations. Using household survey data we test the impact of household and individual characteristics on children activities, focusing on three mutually exclusive ones: school, housework and work. The originality of this paper is to highlight the importance of the opportunity costs of schooling (proxied by the presence of basic and facilities) on children activities. The paper also investigates the impact of female bargaining power on children activities. Such a power affects positively and significantly children schooling with a noteworthy gender bias favorable to boys.

Keywords: Time Allocation; Child labour; Child Schooling; Multinomial Logit; Senegal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J23 J13 I20 C25 O12 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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