Critical Decisions in Critical Ages: The Choice between Working and Studying in Four Latin-American Countries

IPEA Working Paper No. 797

51 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2001

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Carlos Henrique Leite Corseuil

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Daniel Santos

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Miguel Natan Foguel

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

In this paper we pretend to compare the determinants of the time allocation of the teenagers among four Latin American countries: Brazil, Chile, Peru and Honduras. We assume there are four possibilities to time allocation: only studying, only working, doing both of them or doing none of them. We focused our attention in Brazil, reporting how far one can extend the conclusions and policy recommendations to the another countries with different social and geographical characteristics. Separate analysis were done for men and women. The specific impacts of each variable on the time allocation of the teenagers were compared through a graphic analysis. The parents education revealed being the most important determinant of the young people's choice in almost all countries and genders analyzed, in the sense that the more educated the parents are, the more likely to study and the less willing to work the children are. In Brazil, for example, sons/daughters of eight-year educated parents have probability of studying 17/14 percentage points lower than sons/daughters of analphabets. Other important variables were the household location and the family composition, however the direction of these impacts depended on the gender and the country considered. This fact supports the argument that institutional/cultural differences have a central role on the teenagers' time allocation.

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JEL Classification: I21, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Leite Corseuil, Carlos Henrique and Santos, Daniel and Foguel, Miguel Natan, Critical Decisions in Critical Ages: The Choice between Working and Studying in Four Latin-American Countries (June 2001). IPEA Working Paper No. 797, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=283841 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.283841

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Daniel Santos

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Brazil

Miguel Natan Foguel

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) ( email )

Av. Pres. Antonio Carlos , 51 - 17 andar
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 20020-010
Brazil

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