Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso

Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso Abstract: Using data I collected in Africa, this paper examines a household's decision to adjust its size through child fostering, an institution where biological parents temporarily send children to live with other families. Households experiencing negative idiosyncratic income shocks, child gender imbalances, located further from primary schools, or with more "good" quality network members (fewer subsistence farmers and unmarried individuals and more educated members) are significantly more likely to send a child. Results reject an overall symmetric fostering model across senders and receivers, but evidence of symmetry is found when the test is restricted to exogenous income shocks and gender imbalances. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 44 (4) – Apr 4, 2009

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-wisconsin-press/flexibility-of-household-structure-child-fostering-decisions-in-mSggR87YXS
Publisher
University of Wisconsin Press
Copyright
Copyright © University of Wisconsin Press
ISSN
1548-8004
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Abstract: Using data I collected in Africa, this paper examines a household's decision to adjust its size through child fostering, an institution where biological parents temporarily send children to live with other families. Households experiencing negative idiosyncratic income shocks, child gender imbalances, located further from primary schools, or with more "good" quality network members (fewer subsistence farmers and unmarried individuals and more educated members) are significantly more likely to send a child. Results reject an overall symmetric fostering model across senders and receivers, but evidence of symmetry is found when the test is restricted to exogenous income shocks and gender imbalances.

Journal

Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Apr 4, 2009

There are no references for this article.