Why is child labor illegal?

Dessy, Sylvain and Knowles, John (2007) Why is child labor illegal? European Economic Review, 52, (7), pp. 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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2007.11.004
ISSNs: 0014-2921 (print)
Keywords: child labor, compulsory education, economic development

ePrint ID: 55067
Date :
Date Event
8 December 2007e-pub ahead of print
October 2008Published
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:44
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55067

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