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Transitions to Adulthood: Education, Skills, and Labor Market Outcomes in Madagascar and Senegal

by David Sahn, Peter Glick, Ahmadou Mbaye, Harivelo Rajemison, Aichatou Fall, Christopher Handy, Catalina Herrera, Francesca Marchetta, Aurore PĂ©lissier, Faly Rakotomanana, Naveen Sunder, Kira Villa, Thomas Walker | Thursday, February 02, 2017

Using unique datasets, we study the transition from adolescence to adulthood in Madagascar and Senegal among a randomly selected cohort of men and women. We analyze the determinants of schooling and formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and how these affect a range of outcomes such as teenage pregnancy, fertility, marriage and the timing of entry into the labor market and the type of work performed. We highlight the importance of schooling and cognitive abilities, but additionally find that family background, including parents’ education and assets, and exogenous income shocks and health shocks are also important in explaining the outcomes of interest.

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