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"Credit Constraints and the Phenomenon of Child Labor"

  • Ranjan, P.

This paper develops an overlapping generations general equilibrium model to show how the phenomenon of child labor can arise due to a combination of poverty and credit constraints. It further shows that in the presence of credit constraints, the incidence of child labor is positively related with inequality in the distribution of income, and presents some empirical evidence consistent with this result.

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Paper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 98-99-12.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:98-99-12
Contact details of provider: Postal: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, IRVINECALIFORNIA 91717 U.S.A.

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  9. Chiu, W Henry, 1998. "Income Inequality, Human Capital Accumulation and Economic Performance," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 108(446), pages 44-59, January.
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