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Household shocks and child labor in rural Malawi

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  • Seife Dendir

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    (Department of Economics, Radford University)

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    This paper investigates the impact of household shocks on the incidence and intensity of child labor in rural Malawi. Intensity is measured as the reported number of sessions that a child was working. Probit and zero-inflated negative binomial estimates fail to provide evidence in support of the hypothesis that child labor increases in response to the occurrence of shocks.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-8

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07d10002

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