Children’s Time Use in Ghana: Determinants and Effect on School Attendance

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dc.contributor.advisor Senadza, B.
dc.contributor.advisor Asante. Y. Morka, L.
dc.contributor.other University Of Ghana, College of Humanities, School of Social Sciences,Department of Economics 2016-09-26T12:04:48Z 2017-10-14T01:37:09Z 2016-09-26T12:04:48Z 2017-10-14T01:37:09Z 2015-07
dc.description.abstract Children spending excessive time on market and domestic chores is common and pervasive in developing countries. This time input contributes to household’s current consumption which is beneficial to improving the current standard of living in the households. However with the tendency of affecting children’s welfare. There has been a lot of research on time use of children with more focus on children’s time on market activities whiles less attention is given to the hours children spend on domestic chores or housework and its possible consequences on a child’s welfare. It is for this reason that this thesis seeks to ascertain the determinants of children’s time use on market and domestic chores in Ghana and examine its effect on school attendance. Data from the 2012/2013 Ghana Living Standards Survey is used for the empirical analysis. The study adopts OLS and Heckman-Two Step regression techniques to examine the determinants of children’s time on domestic chores and market activities, respectively. The analysis reveals that the demographic characteristics of the child in terms of age, gender, and location, distance to water source, access to electricity and education of the head of household are significant factors in influencing children’s time use. Boys spend more time on market activities than girls whiles girls spend more time on domestic activities than boys. Also the study revealed that fostered children spend more time on domestic chores and market related ventures than children co-residing with both parents. The consequences of children’s involvement in market activities and domestic chores on school attendance was explored using Heckman- Two step regression. The study results reveals that children’s time spent on market activities negatively and significantly affects school attendance. Time spent on domestic chores, however, was not significant. University of Ghana It is recommended that efforts by government and civil society organizations and NGOs be stepped up to reduce the incidence of child labour, by limiting the involvement of children in both the labour market and domestic enterprises as well as excessive household duties to free time for their education. en_US
dc.format.extent xi,113p:ill
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University Of Ghana
dc.subject Time en_US
dc.subject Children en_US
dc.subject School Attendance en_US
dc.title Children’s Time Use in Ghana: Determinants and Effect on School Attendance en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder University Of Ghana

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