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Labor Markets and Wealth

Scholarship Program for Child Laborers (Kathmandu Valley, Nepal)



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Authors

Eric Edmonds, Maheshwor Shresth

Source

Journal of Development Economics

Year

2014

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Intervention

Eligibility to a yearly scholarship program, implemented by the Nepali Goodweave Foundation (NGF), which reimbursed or paid each child’s schooling-related costs up to a maximum of 3,950 Nepali rupees (approximately 50 US dollars) per year

Unit of Analysis

Children 10-16 years old living in Kathmandu Valley associated with carpet manufacturing establishments and that (a) had attended school within the last 18 months, (b) had not received education support from NGF or other sponsors and (c) were in families who faced an elevated risk of transitioning to child labor

Year

2010-2012

Country

Nepa

Outcome Methodology Effect
Child attended school during the year of support (administrative school data) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.026, Standard error: 0.026, Counterfactual mean: 0.811
Child was enrolled in school, approximately 1 year after the year of the support (reported by parents) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.002, Standard error: 0.023, Counterfactual mean: 0.931
Child was enrolled in school, approximately 2 years after the year of the support (reported by parents) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.048, Standard error: 0.034, Counterfactual mean: 0.816

Intervention

Eligibility to a yearly scholarship program, implemented by the Nepali Goodweave Foundation (NGF), which reimbursed or paid each child’s schooling-related costs up to a maximum of Nepali rupees 3,950 Nepali rupees per year and distributed a stipend of food rations valued at NPR 1000 per month per subject, provided that the child attended school at least 80% of the days his or her school was open for teaching in the previous calendar month.

Unit of Analysis

Children 10-16 years old living in Kathmandu Valley associated with carpet manufacturing establishments that (a) had attended school within the last 18 months, (b) had not received education support from NGF or other sponsors and (c) were in families who faced an elevated risk of transitioning to child labor

Year

2010-2012

Country

Nepa

Outcome Methodology Effect
Child attended school during the year of support (administrative school data) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.091, Standard error: 0.023, Counterfactual mean: 0.811
Child was enrolled, approximately 1 year after the year of the support (reported by parents) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.013, Standard error: 0.019, Counterfactual mean: 0.931
Child was enrolled, approximately 2 years after the year of the support (reported by parents) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.013, Standard error: 0.032, Counterfactual mean: 0.816
Child worked in past 12 months, during the year of support (self-reported) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.055, Standard error: 0.027, Counterfactual mean: 0.114
Child worked in past 12 months, 2 years after the year of the support (self-reported) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: 0.026, Standard error: 0.028, Counterfactual mean: 0.129


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