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International Labor Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries

  • Anna De Paoli

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    (University of Milan Bicocca)

  • Mariapia Mendola

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

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    This paper investigates the labor market effect of international migration on child work in countries of origin. We use an original cross-country survey dataset, which combines information on international migration with detailed individual-level data on child labor at age 5-14 in a wide range of developing countries. By exploiting both within- and cross-country variation and controlling for country fixed effects, we find strong and robust evidence on the role of international mobility of workers in reducing 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 365.

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    Date of creation: 07 Apr 2014
    Date of revision: 07 Apr 2014
    Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:365
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