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By Kathleen Beegle, Rajeev H. Dehejia, Roberta Gatti and Sofya Krutikova


This paper exploits a unique long-horizon longitudinal data set from Tanzania to examine the long-run consequences of child labor on education, employment choices, and marital status. Using crop shocks as instruments, our 2SLS estimates indicate that child labor is causally associated with reduced educational attainment (both as measured by the number of school years as well as by an indicator capturing completion of primary school). Interestingly, this result appears to be entirely driven by the sample of boys, for whom doubling labor hours from a mean prevalence (16 hours) would imply losing 80 % of a school year. Boys who worked when young are more likely to be farming (as opposed to earning a wage), although we could not find evidence that child labor is associated with noticeable differences in the choices of crop (cash versus subsistence) or with subsequent migration. For girls, the main discernable effect is on early marriage: a higher level of child labor hours is associated with a substantially greater chance of being married 10 to 13 years later

Year: 2007
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