Measuring and analyzing child labor : methodological issues
AbstractThe paper argues that the current statistics on child labor (generally based on economically active children), are not a workable proxy for data on child labor, generating numbers of child laborers, and their gender composition, that do not represent the groups described by the international definition of child labor. This raises the question of reliable alternative ways of measuring children's activities, with the aim of analyzing the incidence of child labor. The paper addresses this, and proposes a child labor module that can be linked to surveys of labor force, or living conditions. It also proposes some ideas on how to analyze data on children's activities, and child labor.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 23029.
Date of creation: 31 Oct 2001
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Street Children; Youth and Governance; Children and Youth; Labor Standards; Health Monitoring&Evaluation;
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- Basu, Kaushik & Van, Pham Hoang, 1998. "The Economics of Child Labor," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(3), pages 412-27, June.
- Steele, Diane, 2005. "Household vulnerability and children's activities : information needed from household surveys to measure their relationship," Social Protection Discussion Papers 32748, The World Bank.
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