Food price inflation and children’s schooling

Michael Grimm

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I analyze the impact of food price inflation on parental decisions to send their
children to school.* Moreover, I use the fact that food crop farmers and cotton
farmers were exposed differently to that shock to estimate the income elasticity
of school enrolment. The results suggest that the shock-induced loss in
purchasing power had an immediate effect on enrolment rates. Instrumental
variable estimates show that the effect of household income on children’s
school enrolment is much larger than a simple OLS regression would suggest.
Hence, policies to expand education in Sub-Saharan Africa should not neglect
the demand side.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series

Bibliographical note

JEL: I21, O12, Q12


  • ISS Working Paper-General Series


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