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International Labor Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries

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  • De Paoli, Anna

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    (University of Milan Bicocca)

  • Mendola, Mariapia

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    (University of Milan Bicocca)

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This paper investigates the labor market effect of international migration on child work in countries of origin. We use an original cross-country survey dataset, which combines information on international migration with detailed individual-level data on child labor at age 5-14 in a wide range of developing countries. By exploiting both within- and cross-country variation and controlling for country fixed effects, we find a strong empirical regularity about the role of international mobility of workers in reducing child labor in disadvantaged households through changes in the local labor market.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8066.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Keywords: international migration; child labor; factor mobility; cross-country survey data;

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