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NORGLOBAL-Norge - Global partner

Gender of children, education and occupational choice in Nepal

Awarded: NOK 3.1 mill.

In rural Nepal households appear to have a target of at least two boys with the expectation being that at least one boy may get a good education and either a high income temporary job abroad, or a permanent job at home. In the project we want to test this hypothesis. If the hypothesis is correct, then we shall first expect that for otherwise similar households, meaning that we control for assumingly important household characteristics, households with two girls will have a larger probability of having ano ther child. Second, we shall expect that for otherwise similar households, the households with two boys will invest in more education for one of them. Third, we will investigate whether the strategy is successful, that is whether these two-boys households are more successful in the labor market than otherwise similar households. As the costs also increase with the number of children, we will finally conduct an overall test of the strategies, that is we will see whether the probability of being poor depend on the sequence of boys and girls.

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NORGLOBAL-Norge - Global partner