Is child work a deterrent to school attendance and school attainment? Evidence from Bangladesh

Khanam, Rasheda and Ross, Russell (2011) Is child work a deterrent to school attendance and school attainment? Evidence from Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Economics, 38 (8). pp. 692-713. ISSN 0306-8293


Purpose – The aim of this paper is to examine the linkages between child work and both school attendance and school attainment of children aged 5-17 years using data from a survey based in rural Bangladesh.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper first looks at school attendance as an indicator of a child's time input in schooling; then it measures the 'schooling-for-age' as a learning achievement or schooling outcome using logistic regression models.

Findings – The results from this paper show that school attendance and grade attainment are lower for children who are working. The gender-disaggregated estimates show that probability of grade attainment is lower for girls than that of boys. The results further reveal that child work has the highest impact on schooling of Bangladeshi children, followed by supply side correlates (presence of a school in the community), parental education and household income, respectively.

Practical implications – The results obtained in this paper are of interest to policy makers seeking to design policies that increase school outcome and reduce child labor.

Originality/value – The paper contributes to the limited empirical literature that has explored the impact of child work on schooling on Bangladesh by considering supply side correlates of schooling, and unpaid household work in modeling child labor.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 00:55
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: school attendance; Bangladesh; child labour
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/03068291111143901

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