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Remittances and child labor in Bolivia

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This article explores the effect of remittances on the prevalence and intensity of child labor in Bolivia. Using household survey data, we find that children in remittance-receiving households are less likely to be actively supplying labor, and the number of hours worked per week declines with the size of remittances received. The size of the impact varies between urban and rural households. Remittances to urban households have a larger impact on moving children completely out of the labor force, but a smaller increase in remittance size is needed for an equal reduction in number of hours worked in rural areas. JEL codes: F24, O15, E26 Copyright Coon. 2016

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  • Michael Coon, 2016. "Remittances and child labor in Bolivia," IZA Journal of Migration and Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-26, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:izamig:v:5:y:2016:i:1:p:1-26:10.1186/s40176-016-0050-6
    DOI: 10.1186/s40176-016-0050-6
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    Remittances; Migration; Child labor; Bolivia;

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    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy

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