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

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  • 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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Paper provided by Department of Economic History, Stockholm University in its series Stockholm Papers in Economic History with number 13.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 11 Apr 2011
Handle: RePEc:hhs:suekhi:0013
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Department of Economic History, Stockholm University, SE 106 91 STOCKHOLM, Sweden

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