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

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 nonfarm 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.


Editor(s):
Getnet, Alemu
Alemayehu, Seyoum
Alemu, Mekonnen
Eyob, Tesfaye
Ayele, Gezahegn
Diwan, Ishak
Issue Date:
2005-05
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/249941
Published in:
Ethiopian Journal of Economics, Volume 10, Number 1
Page range:
55-78
Total Pages:
98
Series Statement:
ETHIOPIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS
VOLUME X NUMBER 1 April 2001




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