Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/215143
Authors: 
Bertoni, Marco
Huynh, Quynh
Rocco, Lorenzo
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12747
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This paper studies the effects of the Vietnam Hunger Eradication and Poverty Reduction (HEPR) program on school enrolment, using longitudinal data that span over 15 years and a difference-in-differences research design. We find that early treatment (at age 8) increases children enrolment by about 9 percent. This positive effect disappears by age 15, and is more pronounced in urban areas. In sharp contrast, children receiving treatment later (age 12–15) are more likely to drop out by age 15, especially in rural areas. The decline in enrolment is paralleled by an increase in labor market participation. We interpret these divergent results by age as an unintended effect of another program aimed at fostering vocational training among the 15+ in rural areas. Our findings highlight the importance of integrating different anti-poverty measures to reduce inefficiency and achieve social goals.
Subjects: 
child poverty
child education
enrolment
Vietnam
poverty reduction
JEL: 
H52
H53
I24
I32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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