The Role Schooling in the Choice of Activities and Alleviation of poverty in Rural Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Tassew Woldehanna


The impact of education on farmers’ choice of activities and household welfare are modelled and estimated using farm household data for rural Ethiopia. We find that education has significant effects on household welfare. Schooling increases the adoption of new technologies and facilitates entry into highly profitable farm and non-farm activities, all of which may increase welfare and help farm households escape out of income poverty. An additional year of schooling in a household increases the welfare (measured in terms of consumption per adult equivalent) by 8.5 Percent. These findings provide a rationale to governments and donor organisations to include the expansion of rural schooling (through encouragement of parents to send their children to school) in their policy reform as a means of reducing material deprivation

Corporate Author: Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEA/EEPRI)
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Secondary Descriptor:

Poverty, rural

Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia
Cataloge Date: 03/02/2013
Broad Subject heading: Education – Ethiopia, rural
Call Number: 330.05 ETH JOU
Serial Key Title: Ethiopian Journal of Economics
Publication catagory: Ethiopian Journal of Economics
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: X
Year: April, 2001
Publication date: 2013-03-02 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-03-02 00:00:00
PDF file:  Tassew Woldehanna_The Role Schooling in the Choice of Activities and Alleviation of poverty.pdf
Number: 1
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Serial (Journal)
Current frequency: Semiannual
Author: Tassew Woldehanna

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