The intriguing relation between adult minimum wage and child labor
AbstractBecause most parents send their children to work when compelled by poverty, one would expect a rise in adult wage to lower child labor. However, if the rise in wage is achieved by a minimum wage law, its impact can be intriguing. It can, for instance, cause some adults to be unemployed, and send their children to work, which in turn displaces more adult labor, and sends more children to work. The paper solves this process, and predicts the incidence of child labor. It shows that, for appropriate parametric configurations, child labor may fall, or rise as the adult minimum wage is raised.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2173.
Date of creation: 30 Aug 1999
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Public Health Promotion; Labor Markets; Environmental Economics&Policies; Street Children; Economic Theory&Research; Child Labor; Economic Theory&Research; Street Children; Labor Markets; Environmental Economics&Policies;
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- Basu, Kaushik, 2000. "The Intriguing Relation between Adult Minimum Wage and Child Labour," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(462), pages C50-61, March.
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