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dc.contributor.authorAkresh, Richarden_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:16:37Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:16:37Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20770-
dc.description.abstractResearchers often assume household structure is exogenous, but child fostering, the institution in which parents send their biological children to live with another family, is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and provides evidence against this assumption. Using data I collected in Burkina Faso, I analyze a household's decision to adjust its size and composition through fostering. A household fosters children as a risk-coping mechanism in response to exogenous income shocks, if it has a good social network, and to satisfy labor demands within the household. Increases of one standard deviation in a household's agricultural shock, percentage of good network members, or number of older girls increase the probability of sending a child above the current fostering level by 29.1, 30.0, and 34.5 percent, respectively. Testing whether factors influencing the sending decision have an opposite impact on the receiving decision leads to a rejection of the symmetric, theoretical model for child fostering.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 1471en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelO15en_US
dc.subject.jelD10en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordchild fosteringen_US
dc.subject.keywordrisk-copingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial networksen_US
dc.subject.keywordhousehold structureen_US
dc.subject.stwFamilieen_US
dc.subject.stwKinderbetreuungen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziales Netzwerken_US
dc.subject.stwBurkina Fasoen_US
dc.titleRisk, Network Quality, and Family Structure : Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Fasoen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn479275637en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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