Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/105078
Authors: 
Azebaze, Nadege Miclanche
Falk, Thomas
Korn, Evelyn
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 51-2014
Abstract: 
Classical household theory predicts that adolescents facing a developed labour market should invest in formal education. In contrast, it is obvious that adolescents in subsistence economies should choose learning-by-doing approaches to working on the family farm. However, it is unclear what determines optimal education choices among societies in transition from subsistence to labour-market integration. While education is generally the basic condition to enter the labour market, access to land represents an important asset in subsistence farming. This paper argues that intra-household time use and education - that is, time spent learning outside the family farm - is influenced by the way land is transferred from one generation to the next. We use a dichotomous approach assuming that land is either transferred by bequest or by a formal land board. These two methods represent the extremes of a scale that considers personal relations and reliance on certified abilities as the basis for land allocation. This paper provides a theoretical analysis of how anticipated bequests and asset transfers from other sources influence trade-offs between work on the family farm and other time-use options. We discuss the effects using a case study from the Okavango.
Subjects: 
Land allocation
inheritance rules
subsistence
intra-household decision making
intergenerational property transfer
education
JEL: 
D13
D91
Q12
Q15
Q21
Q24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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