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Does International Migration Increase Child Labor?

  • Anna De Paoli

    (University of Milan Bicocca)

  • Mariapia Mendola


    (University of Milan Bicocca and Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano)

Global international migration may influence child labor through a labor market effect. We empirically investigate this issue by using an original cross-country survey dataset, which combines information on international emigration flows with detailed individual-level data on child labor at age 5-15 in a wide range of developing countries. By using variation in the emigration supply shocks across labor market units de.ned on the basis of both geography and skill, we estimate a set of child labor equations where the variable of interest is the interactive effect between parental skill and country-level emigration shocks. We measure the latter through different indicators including a direct measure of the relative skill composition of emigrants relative to the resident population in the country of origin. Overall, after controlling for a large set of individual-level characteristics, remittances, and country fixed effects, our findings are consistent with predictions and show that international out-migration may significantly reduce child labor in disadvantaged households through changes in the local labor market.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 339.

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Length: 64
Date of creation: 16 Jul 2012
Date of revision: 16 Jul 2012
Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:339
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