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Human Capital and Hours Worked of Children in Cambodia: Empirical Evidence for Policy Implications


  • Han Phoumin


This study uses data from the Cambodian Child Labor Survey 2001/02 (CCLS-2001/02) to investigate the trade-off between child labor and their human capital formation. It also investigates the determinants of child schooling and that of the income earned from child labor. This study finds that children's education is a significant determinant of their wage rate, which implicitly explains the logic behind the household's decision to allow a child to both work and study, and thus explains why parents keep investing in their children's education. We also find that non-poor households and fathers' and mothers' education have statistically significant effects on child schooling. Finally, this study has found that if children's average working hours are below the threshold level of 22 h per week, then education is not affected. These research findings have policy implications for the human capital development of children, as well as for broader social policy in Cambodia. Copyright 2008 The Author.

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  • Han Phoumin, 2008. "Human Capital and Hours Worked of Children in Cambodia: Empirical Evidence for Policy Implications," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 22(1), pages 25-46, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:asiaec:v:22:y:2008:i:1:p:25-46

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