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Impact of Technological Change on the Incidence of Child Labour in the Indian Match Industry


  • Hilding, Per

    () (Dept. of Economic History, Stockholm University)

  • Swain, Ranjula Bali

    () (Department of Economics, Uppsala university)

  • Vidyasagar, R.

    (UNICEF Office for Tamil Nadu and Kerala)


The Indian match industry in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has been characterized by child labour and a stagnant technology for over half a century. We investigate the technological changes and industrial restructuring, catalysed by the changing duty structure that has moved the match industry towards greater mechanization. Our examination indicates that increased mechanization in the production processes has implied greater demand for skilled labour and a decline in child labour.

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  • Hilding, Per & Swain, Ranjula Bali & Vidyasagar, R., 2011. "Impact of Technological Change on the Incidence of Child Labour in the Indian Match Industry," Stockholm Papers in Economic History 13, Stockholm University, Department of Economic History.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:suekhi:0013

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    Child Labour; Match Industry; India;

    JEL classification:

    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • N35 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements


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