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Does childhood work impede long-term human capital accumulation? Empirical evidence from rural Ethiopia
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 66, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

We examine the long-term effects of childhood work on human capital formation in rural Ethiopia using a unique panel dataset constructed through tracking of children after sixteen years. The findings show that full-time childhood work impedes long-term grade attainment and transitions between school cycles. Furthermore, childhood work-entry age non-linearly affects children’s long-term school transitions. The effects, however, are heterogeneous by child gender and work types. Eliminating full-time childhood work should be at the core of the country’s human capital development agenda. Nevertheless, a blanket ban on all forms of childhood work may be infeasible at best or counterproductive at worst.

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Mussa, E.C., Mirzabaev, A., Admassie, A., Nshakira-Rukundo, E. & von Braun, J. (2019). Does childhood work impede long-term human capital accumulation? Empirical evidence from rural Ethiopia. International Journal of Educational Development, 66(1), 234-246. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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