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Relative wage, child labor, and human capital

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This paper analyses child labor and children's human capital formation in response to the changes of the relative wage-productivity between child labor and adult labor. It implies that because children's labor market participation raises the financial resources spent on their education, a small increase in child labor may enhance children's human capital. It also shows that in a poor economy, the laws that punish or partially deter child labor may result in children working more and accumulating less human capital. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • C. Simon Fan, 2004. "Relative wage, child labor, and human capital," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 56(4), pages 687-700, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:56:y:2004:i:4:p:687-700
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