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Author Akresh, Richard ♦ Faso, Burkina
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Eighteen Month ♦ Theoretical Framework ♦ Standard Deviation ♦ Household Decision ♦ Child Fostering Decision ♦ Family Structure ♦ Social Network ♦ Child Fostering ♦ Sub-saharan Africa ♦ Risk-coping Mechanism ♦ Unique Dataset ♦ Quality Social Network ♦ Principal Factor ♦ Biological Child ♦ Empirical Evaluation ♦ Exogenous Income Shock ♦ Burkina Faso ♦ Potential Welfare Implication ♦ Network Quality ♦ Labor Demand ♦ Biological Parent ♦ Household Foster Child
Description In Burkina Faso. IZA Discussion Paper No. 1471
Child fostering, the practice of parents sending their own biological children to live with another family, is prevalent throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Given its prevalence and the potential welfare implications for these children living away from their biological parents, this paper attempts to understand why a family decides to foster children using a unique dataset collected by the author during eighteen months of fieldwork in Burkina Faso. This paper presents a theoretical framework, in which children are efficiently allocated across households in a social network, to motivate three principal factors influencing the household decision to foster a child. A household fosters children as a risk-coping mechanism in response to exogenous income shocks, if it has a better quality social network, and to satisfy labor demands within the household. Empirical evaluation of these three covariates finds that they significantly influence the household decision to send a child, but not the decision to receive a child. Increases of one standard deviation in a household's shock, percentage of good
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