This paper examines the link between school quality and child labour in cocoa agriculture, based on analysis of data from 2168 fifth-grade children from forty-one primary-schools in Côte d’Ivoire. The research aimed to answer three questions:

  1. How does school quality relate to child labour?
  2. Does school quality similarly influence different forms of child work (domestic, economic, and agricultural)?
  3. What aspects of school quality have the strongest relationship to child labour?

Results show that children attending a higher quality school were less likely to work on a cocoa plantation. Specifically, quality infrastructure and teaching materials were associated with reduced cocoa labour, but not with domestic and economic work.

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