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Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem?


  • Sylvain Dessy
  • Tiana Rambeloma


This paper reassesses the case for temporary emigration of unskilled workers as a solution to the child labor problem, based upon a general equilibrium model of migrant remittances, parental investment in child schooling, and intersectoral allocation of capital. Counterfactual simulations uncover a U-shape effect of temporary emigration on the incidence of child labor, suggesting that the case for temporary emigration as a solution to the child labor problem may be weak.

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  • Sylvain Dessy & Tiana Rambeloma, 2010. "Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem?," Cahiers de recherche 1037, CIRPEE.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1037

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    1. Basu, Kaushik & Van, Pham Hoang, 1998. "The Economics of Child Labor," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(3), pages 412-427, June.
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    Migration; remittances; general equilibrium;

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    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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