New Economics Papers
on Central and South America
Issue of 2007‒01‒06
three papers chosen by

  1. Linkages between Growth, Poverty and the Labour Market By Nanak Kakwani; Marcelo Neri; Hyun H. Son
  2. Pro-Poor Growth and Social Programmes in Brazil By Nanak Kakwani; Marcelo Neri; Hyun H. Son
  3. School Drop-Out and Push-Out Factors in Brazil: The Role of Early Parenthood, Child Labor, and Poverty By Ana Rute Cardoso; Dorte Verner

  1. By: Nanak Kakwani; Marcelo Neri; Hyun H. Son
    Date: 2006–12
  2. By: Nanak Kakwani; Marcelo Neri; Hyun H. Son
    Date: 2006–12
  3. By: Ana Rute Cardoso (IZA Bonn and University of Minho); Dorte Verner (World Bank)
    Abstract: This paper aims at identifying the major drop-out and push-out factors that lead to school abandonment in an urban surrounding, the shantytowns of Fortaleza, Northeast Brazil. We use an extensive survey addressing risk factors faced by the population in these neighborhoods, which covered both in-school and out-of-school youth, of both genders. The role of early parenthood, child labor, and poverty in pushing teenagers out of school is subject to particular attention. The potential endogeneity of some of the determinants is dealt with in the empirical analysis. We take advantage of the rich set of variables available and apply an instrumental variables approach. Early parenthood is instrumented with the age declared by the youngsters as the ideal age to start having sexual relationships; work is instrumented using the declared reservation wage (minimum salary acceptable to work). Results indicate that early parenthood has a strong impact driving teenagers out of school. Extreme poverty is another factor lowering school attendance, as children who have suffered hunger at some point in their lives are less likely to attend school. In this particular urban context, working does not necessarily have a detrimental effect on school attendance, which could be linked to the fact that dropping out of school leads most often to inactivity, and not to work.
    Keywords: school drop-out, investment in human capital, education, development, Latin America, Brazil
    JEL: I21 O15 D1
    Date: 2006–12

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