Children of Malawi: the impact of agricultural technology on educational attainment and child labor hours
Intrahousehold decisions often dictate the educational attainment of children in rural households. A large number of children in developing countries must juggle school attendance with work in or out of the home. Child labor has shown itself to detract from educational attainment and in countries like Malawi where most people survive on subsistence farming and many children contribute to their livelihood through house or farm work. This paper seeks uses multivariate regression analysis to assess the impact of agricultural technology on child labor hours and children's educational attainment. The results indicate that not all technologies are created equal: some are indeed effective in increasing children's educational attainment while helping to decrease children's work hours, while others have the opposite effect. The analysis suggests that the concept of using agricultural policies in conjunction with educational policies to achieve the goal of increasing educational attainment merits further study.
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