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Child Labour and Inequality

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  • Simone D\'Alessandro

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    (University of Pisa)

  • Tamara Fioroni

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    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

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This paper focuses on the evolution of child labour, fertility and human capital in an economy characterized by two types of workers, low- and high-skilled. This heterogeneity allows an endogenous analysis of inequality generated by child labour. More specifically, according to empirical evidence, we offer an explanation for the emergence of a vicious cycle between child labour and inequality. The basic intuition behind this result arises from the interdependence between child labour and fertility decisions. Furthermore, we investigate how child labour regulation policies can influence the welfare of the two groups in the short run, and the income distribution in the long run. We find that conflicts of interest may arise between the two groups

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Paper provided by University of Verona, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 17/2013.

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Keywords: Child Labour; Fertility; Human capital; Inequality;

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