Child labor and school enrollment in rural India: Whose education matters?

Takashi Kurosaki, Seiro Ito, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Kensuke Kubo, Yasuyuki Sawada

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This paper empirically analyzes the determinants of child labor and school enrollment in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. A village fixed-effect logit model for each child is estimated with the incidence of child labor or school enrollment as the dependent variable, in order to investigate individual and household characteristics associated with the incidence. Among the determinants, this paper focuses on whose education matters most in deciding the status of each child, an issue not previously investigated in the context of the joint family system. The regression results show that the education of the child's mother is more important in reducing child labor and in increasing school enrollment than that of the child's father, the household head, or the spouse of the head. The effect of the child's mother is similar on boys and girls while that of the child's father is more favorable on boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-464
Number of pages25
JournalDeveloping Economies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Child labor incidence
  • Household models
  • India
  • School enrollment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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