Child Labor, Schooling, and Child Ability (Working Paper)
Publisher: Washington, DC: The World Bank
Feb 28, 2012
Using data collected in rural Burkina Faso, this working paper examines how children's cognitive abilities influence households' decisions to invest in their education. The analysis uses variations in rainfall experienced in utero or early childhood to measure ability. It finds that rainfall shocks experienced in utero have direct negative impacts on a child's education and increase labor hours compared with the child's siblings.