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Type Journal Article - Research in the Sociology of Education
Title Demand for schooling among orphans in Zimbabwe
Volume 15
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
Page numbers 207-230
We examine the effect of orphan status on school enrollment in Zimbabwe, a country strongly impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a rapidly growing population of orphans. Using data from 2002, after controlling for other determinants of enrollment we find that orphans are less likely to attend school than non-orphans. Two additional results have implications for targeting: we find that the effect of being an orphan is especially large for older children and that, after controlling for previous education, the effect of being an orphan on school enrollment sharply declines.

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