Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36285
Authors: 
Booth, Alison L.
Tamura, Yuji
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4381
Abstract: 
Using the first two waves of the Vietnam Living Standards Survey, we investigate how a father's temporary absence affects children left behind in terms of their school attendance, household expenditures on education, and nonhousework labor supply in the 1990s. The estimating subsample is children aged 7-18 in households in which both parents usually coreside and the mother has not been absent. Our results indicate that paternal temporary absence increases nonhousework labor supply by his son. The longer the absence of the father, the larger the impact. One additional month of paternal temporary absence increases a son's nonhousework labor supply by approximately one week. However, a daughter's nonhousework labor supply is not affected. We find no evidence that paternal temporary absence influences his children in terms of school attendance or education-related household expenditures.
Subjects: 
Parental absence
temporary migration
schooling
human capital investment
child labor
Vietnam
VLSS
JEL: 
I22
O15
P36
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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