Working vesus schooling the impact of social expenditure
AbstractWe develop a theoritical model where child labour results from a household’s trade-off between sending a child to school or to work. Education is considered as a risky investment, since the survival of the child is not certain. We explore the effects of public expenditure on education and health on child labour, specifying a transmission mechanism for each kind of spending. On the one hand, we establish that health expenditure reduces child labour all the more as child mortality rate is high. On the other hand a moderate aversion to risk is a necessary condition for education expenditure to reduce child labour. Our theoritical results are empirically validated on panel data from 66 developing countries between 1985 and 2000
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) with number 2008012.
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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child labour; education spending; health spending;
Other versions of this item:
- Christopher Grigoriou & Grégoire Rota Graziosi, 2008. "Working versus schooling: the impact of social expenditure," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 74(1), pages 33-52.
- J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
- K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
- D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
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