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Relative wage, child labor, and human capital

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  • C. Simon Fan

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This paper analyses child labor and children's human capital formation in response to the changes of the relative wage-productivity between child labor and adult labor. It implies that because children's labor market participation raises the financial resources spent on their education, a small increase in child labor may enhance children's human capital. It also shows that in a poor economy, the laws that punish or partially deter child labor may result in children working more and accumulating less human capital. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 56 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 687-700

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:56:y:2004:i:4:p:687-700

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  1. Contreras, Salvador, 2008. "Child labor participation, human capital accumulation, and economic development," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 499-512, March.
  2. 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, vol. 110(2), pages 819-836, January.

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