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Does work during childhood affect the health of Guatemalan adults?

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  • Furio Rosati

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  • Roland Straub

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The diversity of potential relationships between child labor and health makes the empirical disentanglement of the causal relationship a difficult exercise. This paper examines the long run impact of child labour on health by controlling for unobserved household specific characteristics. In order to control for the unobserved households specific effect, we estimate a conditional fixed effect model using data on siblings constructed from the Guatemalan National Survey of Living Condition. The estimation results reinforce the conventional wisdom that child labor is harmful for health in the long run. The results can be interpreted as a lower bound of the true impact since healthier children are most likely to offer themselves for employment and to be appointed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.

Volume (Year): 5 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 83-94

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Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:5:y:2007:i:1:p:83-94

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Keywords: Child labor; Health; Conditional fixed effects logit; I12; J13; R20;

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  1. Krisztina Kis-Katos, 2012. "Gender differences in work-schooling decisions in rural North India," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 491-519, December.

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