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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

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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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 357-382

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Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:38:y:2010:i:3:p:357-382
DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2010.505682
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