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Child Work and Schooling in Bangladesh: The Role of Birth Order

Khanam, Rasheda and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2005): Child Work and Schooling in Bangladesh: The Role of Birth Order. Published in: Journal of Biosocial Science , Vol. 39, No. 5 (September 2007): pp. 641-657.

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Abstract

Using data from Bangladesh, this paper examines how the birth order of a child influences parental decisions to place children in one of the four activities – ‘study only’, ‘study and work’, ‘neither work nor study’ and ‘work only’. The results from the multinomial logit model show that being a first-born child increases the probability of working as the prime activity or at least combining school with work rather than schooling only. The results confirm that later-born children are more likely to be in school than their earlier-born counterparts.

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