Mortality, fertility, and child labor
AbstractWe discuss how child labor problems may persist in developing countries when adult mortality risks are endogenous. Children provide current consumption through child labor and future consumption via an informal social security arrangement. Poorer parents, unable to invest much in their health, face greater mortality risks and are inclined to send their children to work instead of investing in their human capital. Endogenous fertility decisions exacerbate the problem as parents substitute toward quantity investment in children.
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Volume (Year): 86 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
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- Shankha Chakraborty & Mausumi Das, 2003. "Mortality, Fertility and Child Labor," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers 2003-35, University of Oregon Economics Department, revised 01 Dec 2003.
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
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