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Parental expectations and school enrolment decisions: Evidence from rural Ghana

Ahiakpor, Ferdinand; Swaray, Raymond


Ferdinand Ahiakpor

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Dr Raymond Swaray
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics


We use field data to investigate factors which influence parents’ decision to enrol children in schools in rural Ghana. The empirical results identified a host of socio-economic and household-level factors including remittances parents expect from investing in education, parents perception of a child's desirable professions, cost of schooling and discount rate as significant determinants of parental school enrolment decision. When gender of the child and remittances are taken into account, we show male parents are more likely to invest in education of boys than girls because they expect significantly higher returns from their investment in boys. Female parents do not show such gender preference. The proportion of children enrolled in school is positively related to average cost of schooling for male parents Gender of parent plays a significant role in school enrolment decision making.


Ahiakpor, F., & Swaray, R. (2015). Parental expectations and school enrolment decisions: Evidence from rural Ghana. Review of development economics, 19(1), 132-142.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 16, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 27, 2015
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2018
Print ISSN 1363-6669
Electronic ISSN 1467-9361
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 132-142
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