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Long-run Impacts of Agricultural Shocks on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Boll Weevil (Data)

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Baker, Richard B. (The College of New Jersey)
  • Blanchette, John (University of California, Davis)
  • Eriksson, Katherine (University of California, Davis)
Publication Date
2018-12-31
Free Keywords
education; boll weevil
Description
  • Abstract

    This is the replication package for "Long-run Impacts of Agricultural Shocks on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Boll Weevil."

    Abstract:
    The boll weevil spread across the South from 1892 to 1922 with devastating effect on cotton cultivation. The resulting shift away from this child labor--intensive crop lowered the opportunity cost of school attendance. We investigate the insect's long-run effect on educational attainment using a sample of adults from the 1940 census linked back to their childhood census records. Both white and black children who were young (ages 4 to 9) when the weevil arrived saw increased educational attainment by 0.24 to 0.36 years. Our results demonstrate the potential for conflict between child labor in agriculture and educational attainment.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1900-01-01 / 1940-12-31
    Time Period: Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1900--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1940 (1900 to 1940)
Geographic Coverage
  • Southeastern United States
Availability
Delivery

Update Metadata: 2019-12-02 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-12-02

Baker, Richard B.; Blanchette, John; Eriksson, Katherine (2018): Long-run Impacts of Agricultural Shocks on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Boll Weevil (Data). Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E115906