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Child Labor: A Review of Recent Theory and Evidence with Policy Implications

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  • Congdon Fors, Heather

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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In recent years, a growing number of authors have turned their atten- tion to the question of why children work. The purpose of this paper is to review some of the more recent theoretical and empirical research into the topic of child labor, and to illustrate the fact that no one factor on its own can account for the phenomenon of child labor. Therefore, policies aimed at eradicating child labor will need to address the broad range of underlying factors that contribute to the incidence of child labor, such as poverty, market imperfections and access to education.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 324.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 23 Oct 2008
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Keywords: child labor; subsistence poverty; market imperfections; policy instruments;

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  1. Congdon Fors, Heather, 2012. "Social Globalization and Child Labor," Working Papers in Economics 533, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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