Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89587
Authors: 
Colmer, Jonathan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 81.2013
Abstract: 
How does future income uncertainty affect child labour and human capital accumulation? Using a unique panel dataset, we examine the effect of changes in climate variability on the allocation of time among child labour activities (the intensive margin) as well as participation in education and labour activities (the extensive margin). We find robust evidence that increased climate variability increases the number of hours spent on farming activities while reducing the number of hours spent on domestic chores, indicating a substitution of time across child labour activities. In addition, we find no evidence of climate variability on enrolment decisions or educational outcomes, suggesting that households may spread the burden of labour across children to minimize its impact on formal education.
Subjects: 
Climate Variability
Child Labour
Schooling
JEL: 
D13
O12
J13
J22
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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