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The Child Labor in Developing Countries: A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals

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  • Ravinder Rena

    () (Szabist, Islamabad
    Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari (KASBIT).)

Abstract

The problem of child labour is immense and has been growing. Wherever poverty exists, child labour there prevails and it is one of the most striking issues in the developing countries. Hence, there is a need to identify the vulnerable children and point out the problems in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly poverty eradication, education for all, gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS and creation of a global partnership for development. To understand household labour supply decisions, considering relations to the labour market and to public interventions is critical in designing programmes in order to achieve the MDG. The research on child labour represent in this respect a largely untapped resource of knowledge for policymakers in the fields of education programme and poverty reduction programmes. An attempt is made in this article to demonstrate how increased education opportunities and increased welfare reduces child labour.

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  • Ravinder Rena, 2009. "The Child Labor in Developing Countries: A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals," Indus Journal of Management & Social Science (IJMSS), Department of Business Administration, vol. 3(1), pages 1-8, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:iih:journl:v:3:y:2009:i:1:p:1-8
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    Keywords

    Child labour; MDGs; Poverty; developing countries; UN Convention on the Child Rights; education; etc.;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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