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Natalie Bau

Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California at Los Angeles
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NBER Program Affiliations: CH , DEV , ED
NBER Affiliation: Faculty Research Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles

NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020Human Capital Investment in the Presence of Child Labor
with Martin Rotemberg, Manisha Shah, Bryce Steinberg: w27241
Policies that improve early life human capital are a promising tool to alter disadvantaged children's lifelong trajectories. Yet, in many low-income countries, children and their parents face tradeoffs between schooling and productive work. If there are positive returns to human capital in child labor, then children who receive greater early life investments may attend less school. Exploiting early life rainfall shocks in India as a source of exogenous variation in early life investment, we show that increased early life investment reduces schooling in districts with high child labor, especially for girls and lower castes. These effects persist and are intergenerational, affecting fertility, per capita household consumption, and other measures of household poverty, and lead to a divergence...
July 2016Bride Price and Female Education
with Nava Ashraf, Nathan Nunn, Alessandra Voena: w22417
Although it is well known that traditional cultural practices can play an important role in development, we still have little understanding of what this means for development policy. To improve our understanding of this issue, we examine how the effects of school construction on girls’ education vary with a widely-practiced marriage custom called bride price, which is a payment made by the husband and/or his family to the wife’s parents at marriage. We begin by developing a model of educational choice with and without bride price. The model generates a number of predictions that we test in two countries that have had large-scale school construction projects, Indonesia and Zambia. Consistent with the model, we find that for groups that practice the custom of bride price, the value of bride ...

Published: Nava Ashraf & Natalie Bau & Nathan Nunn & Alessandra Voena, 2020. "Bride Price and Female Education," Journal of Political Economy, vol 128(2), pages 591-641.

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