Political Repression and Child Labor: Theory and Empirical Evidence
AbstractMost normative studies on child labor arrive at the conclusion that child labor is detrimental to social welfare. Child labor is, however, still prevalent in many developing countries even though in many of these countries it is forbidden by law. In this paper we develop a political-economic model that explains lenient enforcement of existing child labor legislation. The most important implication of our model is that in countries with repressive political regimes enforcement is more lenient and child labor thus more prevalent than in countries enjoying political freedom. We test this implication and find that it is confirmed by the data.
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Date of creation: 2004
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child labor; political economy; freedom;
Other versions of this item:
- Alessandro Maffei & Nikolai Raabe & Heinrich W. Ursprung, 2006. "Political Repression and Child Labour: Theory and Empirical Evidence," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(2), pages 211-239, 02.
- Sandro Maffei & Nicole Raabe & Heinrich Ursprung, 2004. "Political Repression and Child Labor: Theory and Empirical Evidence," Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor 04-19, Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim.
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
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- NEP-LAW-2004-11-07 (Law & Economics)
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