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Agricultural technology and child labor: evidence from India

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  • Sharmistha Self
  • Richard Grabowski
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    Child labor continues to be a major problem in developing countries, particularly in agricultural countries. The latest ILO global report points out that nine out of every ten child laborers is involved in the agricultural sector. The focus of this article is on the rural sector in India, a country where child labor continues to be prevalent. A number of factors have been found to significantly influence the extent of child labor. This article will focus on the type of technology utilized in the agricultural sector. Technology is divided into two types: biochemical and mechanical. The empirical results indicate that biochemical technology has both positive and negative effects on child labor. However, mechanical technology is found to have a statistically significant and negative impact on child labor. Copyright (c) 2009 International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    Article provided by International Association of Agricultural Economists in its journal Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 67-78

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    1. Ellen Webbink & Jeroen Smits & Eelke Jong, 2013. "Household and Context Determinants of Child Labor in 221 Districts of 18 Developing Countries," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 110(2), pages 819-836, January.

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