- On the importance of families and public policies for child development outcomes
- Award date
- 27 September 2012
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
This thesis investigates how public interventions in developing countries can promote human capital accumulation of children at different stages of life (pre-school, compulsory and post-compulsory school) and how a specific characteristic of a child, the order of birth, might affect the intrahousehold allocation of resources and produce outcome differences across siblings. All the chapters use data from Ecuador, a lower middle income country. Throughout the chapters, several empirical techniques are employed to give a causal interpretation to the different effects that are estimated.
Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 evaluate the impact on poor children of two of the largest providers of early childhood development interventions in Ecuador. Chapter 4 examines the impact of a housing assistance program on school enrollment, child labor and poverty reduction in Ecuador. Finally, chapter 5 analyzes the role that birth order has on parents’ decisions to invest in their children’s education and on the decision to send them to the labor market.
- Tinbergen Institute research series no. 539
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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