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Title:The First Born Burden PDF Logo
Authors:Tsukada, Raquel
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 77
Abstract:Being the first born of a family entails inherent responsibilities. Sociologists, psychologists and economists have long argued that the first born's receive differentiated treatment within the household. This paper tests and quantifies the existence of a disproportionate workload over the oldest child in poor households: we call it the first born burden. We are concerned with the determinants of such work burden, and we analyze how access to basic infrastructure could release children from work. The empirical results for rural areas in Ghana confirm a systematic selection of first born's to work. Although access to infrastructure may not reallocate evenly the workload among siblings, it indeed relaxes the children's time constraints.
Subjects:child labor
time allocation
birth order
infrastructure
water
JEL:J22
D13
J1
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2011 (Berlin)

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