Brown Bag seminar in Economics | Avenia Ghazarian
Welcome to the Brown Bag Seminar in Economics organized by the Department of Economics, SSE. The seminar speaker is Avenia Ghazarian, SSE, who will be presenting
"Schooling Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Artisanal Gold Mining in Africa" (with Akib Khan)
How does human capital investment respond to local economic opportunities? We investigate this question in the context of rapid growth in artisanal gold mining activities in sub-Saharan Africa. Using two sources of variation, one in the global gold price and the other in the exposure of households to places that are geologically suitable for artisanal gold mining, we find that a near-tripling of the global gold price – reflecting changes between 2005 and 2010 – leads to a 2.9 percentage points reduction in the school attendance of 11 to 20 year-olds.
Avenia Ghazarian is a Ph.D. student at SSE, in the Department of Economics.
This seminar takes place at Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65, in room A538.
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