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Title:Food price inflation and children's schooling PDF Logo
Authors:Grimm, Michael
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 844
Abstract:I analyze the impact of food price inflation on parental decisions to send their children to school. Moreover, I use the fact that food crop farmers and cotton farmers were exposed differently to that shock to estimate the income elasticity of school enrolment. The results suggest that the shock-induced loss in purchasing power had an immediate effect on enrolment rates. Instrumental variable estimates show that the effect of household income on children's school enrolment is much larger than a simple OLS regression would suggest. Hence, policies to expand education in Sub-Saharan Africa, should not neglect the demand side.
Subjects:Education
household income
inflation
aggregate shocks
Africa
JEL:I21
O12
Q12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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