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Poverty and Other Determinants of Child Labor in Bangladesh

  • Shahina Amin


    (Department of Economics, University of Northern Iowa)

  • M. Shakil Quayes


    (Department of General Business, Southeastern Louisiana University)

  • Janet M. Rives


    (Department of Economics, University of Northern Iowa)

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    In this research we examine poverty and other determinants of child labor in Bangladesh. We define income quintiles as a means of measuring family poverty and add child and family characteristics to our model. We estimate the likelihood that a child will work, using separate logistic regression models for younger and older boys and girls in urban and rural areas. Our results support the notion that a family's poverty affects the probability that a child will work; keeping children away from work is a luxury these families cannot afford. Moreover, it is important to examine separate demographic groups in order to fully understand the determinants of child labor in Bangladesh since the effects of child and family variables on the probability that a child will work differ among these groups.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 876-892

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:70:4:y:2004:p:876-892
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