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The Effect of Emigration on Child Labor

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  • Epstein, Gil S.

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Kahana, Nava

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

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We present a general model of child labor that incorporates the various components presented in the literature as explanations for its existence. Our proposal is to mitigate the phenomenon by encouraging temporary emigration. It emerges that the remittances sent by the emigrating parents might enable not only their children, but also others, to stop working. We show how this equilibrium can be sustained even upon the return of the emigrant parents to their home country.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3025.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2008, 99 (3), 545-548
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3025

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