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Economic Strategies for Banishing Child-Labour: Compulsory Primary Education, Specific vs. General Egalitarianism, and Innovation in Financial Instruments for Mobilization of Participation


  • Binod Khadria


Compulsory schooling of children is used as an instrument for eliminating the incidence of child-labour in most countries. Given this context, the importance of parental domain as a separate entity in decision-making for primary schooling of children in India is highlighted. Since many children work and earn for their parents in poorer societies, and parents are often liquidity-constrained, the opportunity cost of children's education is a crucial determinant for the parental decision-making. Governmental intervention for universalization of primary education therefore must lead to both 'specific' and 'general' egalitarianism, it has been argued. Innovation of a unique but simple financial instrument described as "FENCE" along with compulsory attendance laws is suggested to derive full benefits of governmental intervention in India. A prototype along with broad and rough estimates of the financial claim on the GNP is also provided.

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  • Binod Khadria, 1995. "Economic Strategies for Banishing Child-Labour: Compulsory Primary Education, Specific vs. General Egalitarianism, and Innovation in Financial Instruments for Mobilization of Participation," Boston University - Institute for Economic Development 68, Boston University, Institute for Economic Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:bosecd:68

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