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Why do parents their children work ? A test of peverty hypothesis in rural areas in Brukina Faso

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  • Dumas Christelle

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This article aims at testing whether child labor is caused by poverty. Tests are designed for rural areas in a setting characterized by the absence of a labor market. A model of rural household labor supply is developed that provides testable implications of two different poverty hypotheses. We test if child labor is due to a binding subsistence constraint and if child leisure is a luxury good. We find that, in rural Burkina Faso, children provide labor mostly because of labor market imperfections and not because of household subsistence needs and that child leisure is a normal good.

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Paper provided by Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquee, INRA in its series Research Unit Working Papers with number 0411.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:lea:leawpi:0411

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Keywords: child labor; rural hoseholds; market imperfections; poverty hypothesis;

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