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Returns to Education, Child Labor, & Schooling in India

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  • Rubiana Chamarbagwala

    (Indiana University - Bloomington)

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In an environment where children's time has an economic value and employment opportunities for educated workers are scarce, parental investments in their children's education may not be driven entirely by poverty and credit constraints. We offer evidence that children's participation in child labor and schooling responds to economic returns to education in India, which suggests implementing policies that raise the economic benefits of education - such as creating more high-skilled jobs and improving the quality of education - in order to lower child labor and increase schooling.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0410003.

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Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: 05 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0410003

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Keywords: Child Labor; Education; Returns to Education; Skill Premium; India;

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