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Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem?

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  • Sylvain Dessy
  • Tiana Rambeloma

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This paper reassesses the case for temporary emigration of unskilled workers as a solution to the child labor problem, based upon a general equilibrium model of migrant remittances, parental investment in child schooling, and intersectoral allocation of capital. Counterfactual simulations uncover a U-shape effect of temporary emigration on the incidence of child labor, suggesting that the case for temporary emigration as a solution to the child labor problem may be weak.

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Paper provided by CIRPEE in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 1037.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1037

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Keywords: Migration; remittances; general equilibrium;

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  1. Basu, Kaushik & Van, Pham Hoang, 1998. "The Economics of Child Labor," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(3), pages 412-27, June.
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