, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 35–57 | Cite as

Orphans and schooling in africa: a longitudinal analysis

  • David K. Evans
  • Edward MiguelEmail author


AIDS deaths could have a major impact on economic development by affecting the human capital accumulation of the next generation. We estimate the impact of parent death on primary school participation using an unusual five-year panel data set of over 20,000 Kenyan children. There is a substantial decrease in school participation following a parent death and a smaller drop before the death (presumably due to pre-death morbidity). Estimated impacts are smaller in specifications without individual fixed effects, suggesting that estimates based on cross-sectional data are biased toward zero. Effects are largest for children whose mothers died and, in a novel finding, for those with low baseline academic performance.


Maternal Death Speci Cation School Participation Orphan Status Father Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RAND CorporationUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley
  3. 3.National Bureau of Economic ResearchUSA

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