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Household shocks and child labor in rural Malawi

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  • Seife Dendir

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This paper investigates the impact of household shocks on the incidence and intensity of child labor in rural Malawi. Intensity is measured as the reported number of sessions that a child was working. Probit and zero-inflated negative binomial estimates fail to provide evidence in support of the hypothesis that child labor increases in response to the occurrence of shocks.

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  • Seife Dendir, 2007. "Household shocks and child labor in rural Malawi," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(1), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07d10002
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    1. Augendra BHUKUTH & Jérôme BALLET & Bako Nirina RABEVOHITRA & Patrick RASOLOFO, 2014. "Analysing the Effects of Crop Shocks on Child Work: the Case of the Morondava District in Madagascar," Cahiers du GREThA 2014-17, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.

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    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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