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

The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt
The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt
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
child labour, child schooling, wages
0933-1433
823-852
Wahba, Jackline
03ae9304-c329-40c6-9bfc-d91cfa9e7164
Wahba, Jackline (2006) The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt Journal of Population Economics, 19, (4), pp. 823-852. (doi:10.1007/s00148-005-0014-2).

Wahba, Jackline (2006) The influence of market wages and parental history on child labour and schooling in Eqypt Journal of Population Economics, 19, (4), pp. 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

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Published date: October 2006
Keywords: child labour, child schooling, wages

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Local EPrints ID: 47653
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47653
ISSN: 0933-1433
PURE UUID: 7ca2f233-06dc-4b4d-b150-a0faa142e083

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Date deposited: 07 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:03

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