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Child Labor, Fertility and Economic Growth

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  • Moshe Hazan

    (Hebrew University)

  • Binyamin Berdugo

    (Ben Gurion University)

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This paper explores the evolution of child labor, fertility, and human capital in the process of development. In early stages of development the economy is in a development trap where child labor is abundant, fertility is high and output per capita is low. Technological progress, however, increases gradually the wage differential between parental and child labor, thereby inducing parents to substitute child education for child labor and reduce fertility. The economy takes-off to a sustained growth steady-state equilibrium where child labor is abolished and fertility is low. Prohibition of child labor expedites the transition process and generates Pareto dominating outcome.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0507002.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 04 Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0507002

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