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Economic and Cultural Forces in the Child Labour Debate: Evidence from Urban Bangladesh

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    The relative influence of economic and cultural forces is a key area of debate amongst those exploring the causes of child work, and in wider discourse on household labour deployment. Data from Dhaka slums suggest that household poverty and income stability are important economic determinants of children's work. However, economic forces alone cannot explain child-work deployment. Evidence on the availability of adult household members to replace child contributions, and on gender and age differentials in household labour deployment, point towards the importance of cultural factors. Key cultural determinants of children's work include gender norms, age subordination and the cultural importance of avoiding idleness.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 1-22

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:37:y:2001:i:4:p:1-22

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    Keywords: Child-work; Economic Determinants; Cultural Determinants; Household Poverty; Income Stability; Bangladesh;

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    Cited by:
    1. Naomi Hossain, 2009. "School Exclusion as Social Exclusion: The Practices And Effects of Conditional Cash Transfer Programme for the Poor in Bangladesh," Working Papers id:2177, eSocialSciences.
    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.
    3. Rasheda Khanam, 2008. "Child labour and school attendance: evidence from Bangladesh," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 35(2), pages 77-98, January.

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