A Dynamic Analysis of Household Decision-Making in Urban Colombia, 1976-1998: Changes in Household Structure, Human Capital and its Returns, and Female Labor Force Participation


  • IDB Publications (Working Papers)


  • The objective of this paper is to examine the changes and dynamics of household structure, human capital and the returns to education, labor earnings, women's labor force participation and investment in human capital. The approach used in the analysis is the so-called cohort technique, which consists of following across time men and women born in the same year or year spell. The main sources of information for this work are the quarterly Household Surveys beginning in 1976. With such information a database of more than 6 million observations (workers, parents, children, etc.) was constructed. The research results show that the number of children of the younger parents has drastically decreased.

fecha de publicación

  • 2002-08

Líneas de investigación

  • Cohort Analysis
  • Consumption
  • Female Labor Force
  • Human Capital
  • Income
  • Labor Policy
  • Saving
  • Women


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