An economic analysis of delayed primary school enrollment in a low income country: the role of early childhood nutrition

P. Glewwe, H. G. Jacoby

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Abstract

This paper investigates why children in low income countries often delay primary school enrollment, despite the prediction of human capital theory that schooling will begin at the earliest possible age. It focuses on the hypothesis that delays are rational responses to early childhood malnutrition. The tests these alternative hypotheses using recent data from Ghana estimates, which address a number of previously ignored econometric issues, firmly support the hypothesis that early childhood malnutrition causes delayed enrollment. They find little or no support for alternative explanations based on borrowing constraints and the rationing of places in school. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-169
Number of pages14
JournalReview of Economics & Statistics
Volume77
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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