Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

CHILD WORK AND SCHOOLING IN BANGLADESH: THE ROLE OF BIRTH ORDER

RASHEDA KHANAMa1 and MOHAMMAD MAFIZUR RAHMANa2

a1 Discipline of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia

a2 Department of Economics and Resources Management, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Summary

Using data from Bangladesh, this paper examines how the birth order of a child influences parental decisions to place children in one of four activities: ‘study only’, ‘study and work’, ‘neither work nor study’ and ‘work only’. The results of the multinomial logit model show that being a first-born child increases the probability of work as the prime activity, or at least a combination of school and work, rather than schooling only. The results confirm that later-born children are more likely to be in school than their earlier-born counterparts.