The tradeoff between number of children and child schooling: by Mark Montgomery

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As noted, at Independence the country suffered from a general shortage of qualified labor, especially given its ambitious development program (Kouamé, 1987). The priority given to improving education is evident in the sequence of development plans and in the increasing part taken by education in the capital budget of the state (12 percent in 1960; 30 percent in 1980) and in recurrent expenditures. At present the Côte d'Ivoire educational system has three levels: primary school, secondary school and superior school.

The returns to schooling depend in turn on conditions in the labor market; thus, policies affecting the labor market may play an important role in the quantity-quality transition. continued) As Martha Ainsworth has pointed out, if the price of schooling is itself correlated with the quality of schooling, the situation is more complex. In this case parents face a range of schooling options, these being distinguished according to quality level, with those of higher quality presumably commanding higher prices.

9 Where expenditures on schooling are concerned, we have no option 9. In some 18 percent of cases, children listed in the woman's fertility history as being alive and of an age for which schooling information should have been available, could not be located in the portion of the household roster in which schooling data are reported. These non-matching cases are omitted from the schooling equations (see below). Page 22 but to make a statistical adjustment for selectivity bias (see Section V below).

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