Schooling and labour market impacts of bolivia’s bono juancito pinto

Canelas, Carla (1); Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel (2) (2018). 'Schooling and labour market impacts of Bolivia’s Bono Juancito Pinto' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.

Abstract

In 2006, the Bolivian government introduced a large scale social protection programme: the Bono Juancito Pinto (BJP). Exploiting the exogenous variation of the programme expansion, this paper examines the impact of the BJP on schooling and child labour. The analysis suggests that the fransfer increases the likelihood of school enrolment and that it has no sizable effect on the incidence of child labour. The evidence is in line with theoretical models that predict that if leisure and schooling are substitutes, a school incentive may have either no or positive impact on child labour. Further, the findings support previous evidence that children’s school and work participation are not perfectly substitutable.
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