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The returns to young females (ages 12–17 years old) increased over time, reflecting increased workforce participation of this age group as households responded to economic stress. The larger “drag” on household resources in 1990 from the presence of teenage females very likely indicates that they were not as frequently engaged in remunerative economic activity as they were later in the decade. While school enrollment rates actually increased during the first half of the 1990s, so did participation by schoolage children in the informal economy.

Mean Std. dev. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. Not applicable. Poverty in Zimbabwe-rev3/13 3/14/02 8:56 AM Page 36 36 Table 8. (continued) Poverty in Zimbabwe-rev3/13 3/14/02 8:56 AM Page 37 Parametric Methods • 37 REGRESSION RESULTS Regression results using the 1990 and 1995 survey data are presented separately for urban and rural areas in tables 9 and 10, respectively. 25) areas of Zimbabwe. Regression results for urban and rural areas are discussed separately. Urban areas Urban area regression results reinforce earlier findings that a decline in returns to human assets occurred between 1990 and 1995 (table 9).

25) areas of Zimbabwe. Regression results for urban and rural areas are discussed separately. Urban areas Urban area regression results reinforce earlier findings that a decline in returns to human assets occurred between 1990 and 1995 (table 9). For instance, in 1990, an urban household headed by a person with some secondary school education (Hdsch2 = 1) has levels of well-being that are 76 percent greater, on average, than a household headed by someone with no formal education (the deleted category).

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