The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt

Wahba, Jackline (2006) The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt. Journal of Population Economics, 19, (4), 823-852. (doi:10.1007/s00148-005-0014-2).


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This paper examines the influence of adult market wages and having parents who were child labourers on child labour, when this decision is jointly determined with child schooling, using data from Egypt. The empirical results suggest that low adult market wages are key determinants of child labour; a 10% increase in the illiterate male market wage decreases the probability of child labour by 22% for boys and 13% for girls. The findings also indicate the importance of social norms in the intergenerational persistence of child labour: parents who were child labourers themselves are on average 10% more likely to send their children to work. In addition, higher local regional income inequality increases the likelihood of child labour

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s00148-005-0014-2
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ISSNs: 0933-1433 (print)
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Keywords: child labour, child schooling, wages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 47653
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2006Published
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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