Youth education and work in Mexico

Deborah Levison, Karine S. Moe, F. M. Knaul

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A holistic approach to schooling in developing countries-considering schooling in conjunction with labor force work, child care, and other household responsibilities-is necessary to construct policies that will encourage greater educational attainment, especially for children and youth in poor families. Using data from the Encuesta Nacional de Empleo Urbano (ENEU), we jointly estimate the determinants of studying and working, doing both, or doing neither for 12- to 17 year-olds in urban Mexico. We consider the implications of defininf work to include both labor force employment and household domestic work, in contrast to the traditional definition of market-based based employment. Results based on the traditional definition indicate that girls are 13.8 percentage points more likely than boys to specialize in school, while those based on the more inclusive measure of work indicate that girls are 7.7 percentage points less likely than boys to specialize in school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalWorld Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Child labor
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Housework
  • Latin America
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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