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Mid-day Meal Program and Incidence of Child Labour in a Developing Economy

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  • Chaudhuri, Sarbajit

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The present paper purports to examine the consequence of mid-day meal program and/or cash stipend scheme on the incidence of child labour in a developing economy using a three-sector general equilibrium model. It has been found that the policy may be counterproductive as it lowers both the initial incomes of the working families and the return on education. Direct cash payments to the working families instead of mid-day meal program are likely to be effective in eradicating the problem of child labour.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 4367.

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Date of creation: 12 May 2007
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Keywords: Child labour; mid-day meal program; return on education; general equilibrium;

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  1. Dwibedi, Jayanta & Chaudhuri, Sarbajit, 2011. "Poverty alleviation programs, FDI-led growth and child labour under agricultural dualism," MPRA Paper 29997, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Chaudhuri, Sarbajit, 2010. "Economic recession, demand constraint and labour markets in a developing economy," MPRA Paper 27433, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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