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Child work in Zambia : a comparative study of survey instruments


  • Blunch, Niels-Hugo
  • Dar, Amit
  • Guarcello, Lorenzo
  • Lyon, Scott
  • Ritualo, Amy
  • Rosati, Furio


The authors analyze child work in Zambia, applying two recent surveys, the Bank's Living Conditions Monitoring Survey (LCMS) of 1998, and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC) of 1999. The analysis aims at contrasting, and comparing findings on the incidence, and characteristics of the two surveys. The extent to which the findings are survey-dependent is assessed, and, implications for the design, and implementation for future surveys for the analysis of child work, is discussed.

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  • Blunch, Niels-Hugo & Dar, Amit & Guarcello, Lorenzo & Lyon, Scott & Ritualo, Amy & Rosati, Furio, 2002. "Child work in Zambia : a comparative study of survey instruments," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 25532, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:25532

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    1. Peter Jensen & Helena Skyt Nielsen, 1997. "Child labour or school attendance? Evidence from Zambia," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 10(4), pages 407-424.
    2. Basu, Kaushik & Van, Pham Hoang, 1998. "The Economics of Child Labor," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(3), pages 412-427, June.
    3. Nielsen, H.S., 1998. "Child Labor and School Attendance: Two Joint Decisions," Papers 98-15, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Danmark-.
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    1. L. Guarcello & S. Lyon, 2004. "Child labour in Bolivia: a comparison of estimates from MECOVI and MICS," UCW Working Paper 29, Understanding Children's Work (UCW Programme).
    2. F. Blanco & C. A. Valdivia, 2006. "Child labour in Venezuela: children's vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks," UCW Working Paper 52, Understanding Children's Work (UCW Programme).


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