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Child labor and the law: Notes on possible pathologies

  • Basu, Kaushik

The paper demonstrates that the standard policy for controlling child labor imposing a fine on firms caught employing children can cause child labor to rise. This pathological’ reaction is, however, reversed as the size of the fine increases.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 87 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 169-174

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:87:y:2005:i:2:p:169-174
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