May 22, 2012

When fathers leave

This paper investigates how the permanent departure of the father from the household affects children's school enrolment and work participation in rural Colombia. Our results show that departure of the father decreases children's school enrolment by around 4 percentage points, and increases child labour by 3 percentage points. . . This, and other pieces of evidence we give, strongly suggests that the channel through which departure affects children is through reducing income. . . 
That is the abstract of the paper "How Children's Schooling and Work is Affected When Their Father Leaves Permanently: Evidence from Colombia" by Fitzsimons  and Alice Mesnard (March 2012). Alas, I did not find the full paper online.   

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