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Can cash transfers reduce child labor?

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  • Furio C. Rosati

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata, ICID, Understanding Children’s Work, Italy, and IZA, Germany)

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Cash transfers are a popular and successful means of tackling household vulnerability and promoting human capital investment. They can also reduce child labor, especially when it is a response to household vulnerability. But if not properly designed, cash transfers that promote children’s education can increase their economic activities in order to pay the additional costs of schooling. The efficacy of cash transfers may also be reduced if the transfers enable investment in productive assets that boost the returns to child labor. The impact of cash transfers must thus be assessed as part of the entire social protection system.

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  • Furio C. Rosati, 2016. "Can cash transfers reduce child labor?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 293-293, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2016:n:293
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    Keywords

    social protection; cash transfers; child labor;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J80 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - General

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