The aim of this paper is to explore in greater detail the failure to
invest in children's education as an aspect of the inter-generational
transmission of poverty. It draws on research that we have been
conducting as a part of the IDS Social Policy Programme on educational
exclusion in South Asia. The research was organised around the idea of
the 'quantity-quality' transition, the process by which families move
from large numbers of children with low investments of resources per
child to smaller numbers of children with higher resource investments,
particularly investments in education, per child. Historical evidence
suggests that large-scale declines in fertility rarely take place till
there has been a decline in mortality while a recent overview of
evidence suggests that this demographic transition appears to have been
accompanied in many parts of the world by rising levels of education.
Past, present and future: child labour and the intergenerationaltransmission of poverty [Draft], presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 46 pp.
Past, present and future: child labour and the intergenerational transmission of poverty [Draft].