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Does Child Labour Have a Negative Impact on Child Education and Health? A Case Study in Rural Cambodia

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  • Miwa Kana
  • Han Phoumin
  • Fukui Seiichi

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This paper examines whether child labour affects the acquisition of a child's human capital. For this purpose, a behavioural model in which child labour is itself a choice and simultaneous equation models with limited dependent variables are employed to examine the determinants of human capital formation and its relationship with child labour. No trade-off relationship could be found between child labour and child schooling attainment. However, it was found that child labour is not detrimental to a child's health and nutritional status; rather, it improves these if children work within a critical threshold level.

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  • Miwa Kana & Han Phoumin & Fukui Seiichi, 2010. "Does Child Labour Have a Negative Impact on Child Education and Health? A Case Study in Rural Cambodia," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(3), pages 357-382.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:38:y:2010:i:3:p:357-382
    DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2010.505682
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    1. Sim, Armand & Suryadarma, Daniel & Suryahadi, Asep, 2017. "The Consequences of Child Market Work on the Growth of Human Capital," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 144-155.
    2. Ghulam Abid & Binish Khan & Zeeshan Rafiq & Alia Ahmed, 2015. "Child Trade-Off Theory: A Theoretical Discussion on the Structure, Causes, Consequences and Eradication of Child Labor," Bulletin of Business and Economics (BBE), Research Foundation for Humanity (RFH), vol. 4(1), pages 24-34, March.
    3. Salma Ahmad & Ranjan Ray, 2014. "Health consequences of child labour in Bangladesh," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 30(4), pages 111-150, January.

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