Education, Child Labor and Human Capital Formation in Selected Urban and Rural Settings of Pakistan

by Abdul Salam Lodhi (Author)
©2013 Thesis XXI, 156 Pages


Education is essential for human resource development and sustainable socio-economic development of a society, as it can facilitate economic growth through the broader application of knowledge, skills, and the creative strength of a society. The other positive and long-term outcomes of education include the reduction of poverty and inequality, improvement of health status and good governance in the implementation of socio-economic policies. Keeping in view the role that education through human capital formation can play in the development of Pakistan where the population of the children below 14 years old is about 35 percent of the total population; this study aims at delineating the factors that are obstructing the educational activities of the children below the age of 14 years. Furthermore, the main research interest in this study was to see how pecuniary and non-pecuniary factors are impeding the process of human capital formation. The results indicate that variables such as parental education and perceptions of secular and non-secular education, role of mother in domestic authority, believe in tribal norms, religiosity of the head-of-household, child age and gender, and proximity to school are playing a significant role in the choice of childhood activities.


XXI, 156
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2013 (May)
Childhood Education Labor Economics Economic Development
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. XXI, 156 pp., 36 tables, 6 graphs

Biographical notes

Abdul Salam Lodhi (Author)

Abdul Salam Lodhi has a BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) degrees in Agricultural Economics from the Agriculture University Faisalabad (Pakistan). He also has a MS degree in Economics and Management from the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta (Pakistan). This book is based on his PhD research carried out at ZEF, the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. He successfully completed his PhD in 2012.


Title: Education, Child Labor and Human Capital Formation in Selected Urban and Rural Settings of Pakistan