Demand for Schooling among Orphans in Zimbabwe

Craig Gundersen, Thomas Kelly, Kyle Jemison

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


We examine the effect of orphan status on school enrollment in Zimbabwe, a country strongly impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a rapidly growing population of orphans. Using data from 2002, after controlling for other determinants of enrollment we find that orphans are less likely to attend school than non-orphans. Two additional results have implications for targeting: we find that the effect of being an orphan is especially large for older children and that, after controlling for previous education, the effect of being an orphan on school enrollment sharply declines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChildren's Lives and Schooling Across Societies
EditorsEmily Hannum, Bruce Fuller
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Education
ISSN (Print)1479-3539

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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