Why is child labor illegal?


Dessy, Sylvain and Knowles, John (2008) Why is child labor illegal? European Economic Review, 52, (7), 1275-1311. (doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2007.11.004).

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We present a theory of the emergence of laws restricting child labor or imposing mandatory education that is consistent with the fact that poor parents tend to oppose such laws. We find that if altruistic parents are unable to commit to educating their children, child-labor laws can increase the welfare of higher-income parents in an ex ante sense. On the basis of an empirical analysis of Latin-American household surveys, we demonstrate that per capita income in the country of residence has the predicted effect on child labor supply, even after controlling for other household characteristics

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0014-2921 (print)
Keywords: child labor, compulsory education, economic development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 55067
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:37
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55067

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