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Child Labour in Bangladesh: Trends, Patterns and Policy Options

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  • Khanam, Rasheda

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This study examines the trends, patterns and policy options of child labour in Bangladesh particularly during the 1990s. The striking finding in the trend and incidence of child labour in Bangladesh is that while child labour is on a declining trend in other South Asian countries – India and Pakistan and in the world, it has been increasing in Bangladesh. This increasing trend in the incidence of child labour particularly focuses on the irrelevance or inadequacy of existing child labour laws in Bangladesh. This study suggests that a combination of policies would be appropriate for reducing child labour. These include employment generation schemes that lead to economic prosperity for the household, compulsory schooling for children, school enrolment subsidy, improving school infrastructure, the quality of education, flexibility in school schedules and adult literacy campaigns that increase community or social awareness, especially of the adult female.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 8008.

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Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Publication status: Published in Asian Profile 6.34(2006): pp. 593-608
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:8008

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  1. Basu, Kaushik, 2003. "Policy Dilemmas for Controlling Child Labor," Working Papers, Cornell University, Center for Analytic Economics 03-11, Cornell University, Center for Analytic Economics.
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  1. Khanam, Rasheda, 2006. "Child labour and school attendance: evidence from Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 6990, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.
  2. Mohammad Nashir Uddin & Mohammad Hamiduzzaman & Bernhard G. Gunter, 2009. "Physical and Psychological Implications of Risky Child Labor: A Study in Sylhet City, Bangladesh," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 8, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
  3. Salma Ahmed, 2011. "Trade-off between Child Labour and Schooling in Bangladesh: Role of Parental Education," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series, Monash University, Department of Economics 21-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  4. Ahmed, Salma & Ray, Ranjan, 2012. "Health Consequences of Child Labour in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 47157, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Feb 2013.
  5. Resmi Bhaskaran & Dev Nathan & Nicola Phillips & C. Upendranadh, 2013. "Vulnerable workers and labour standards (non-)compliance in global production networks: home-based child labour in Delhi’s garment sector," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester ctg-2013-16, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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