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International Labor Standards and the Political Economy of Child Labor Regulation

  • Doepke, Matthias

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    (Northwestern University)

  • Zilibotti, Fabrizio

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    (University of Zurich)

Child labor is a persistent phenomenon in many developing countries. In recent years, support has been growing among rich-country governments and consumer groups for the use of trade policies, such as product boycotts and the imposition of international labor standards, to reduce child labor in poor countries. In this paper, we discuss research on the long-run implications of such policies. In particular, we demonstrate that such measures may have the unintended side effect of lowering domestic support for banning child labor within developing countries, and thus may contribute to the persistence of the child-labor problem.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3742.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2009, 7(2-3), 508- 518
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3742
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  1. Matthias Doepke & Dirk Krueger, 2006. "Origins and Consequences of Child Labor Restrictions: A Macroeconomic Perspective," NBER Working Papers 12665, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Kaushik Basu, 1999. "Child Labor: Cause, Consequence, and Cure, with Remarks on International Labor Standards," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 37(3), pages 1083-1119, September.
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