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Analyzing the impact of legislation on child labor in Pakistan


  • Fasih, Tazeen


This paper exploits a natural experiment approach to identify the impact of legislation (Employment of Children Act 1991) in Pakistan on participation of children in the labor markets. The law prohibits employment of children less than 14 years of age in sectors other than agriculture or household enterprises. With micro-data, making use of regression discontinuity data design, the study finds some evidence that the Employment of Children Act 1991 helped in reducing the employment of children immediately after its implementation.

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  • Fasih, Tazeen, 2007. "Analyzing the impact of legislation on child labor in Pakistan," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4399, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4399

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    1. Awan, Masood Sarwar & Waqas, Muhammad & Aslam, Muhammad Amir, 2011. "Why do Parents Make their Children Work? Evidence from Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey," MPRA Paper 31830, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Youth and Governance; Street Children; Children and Youth; Child Labor; Labor Policies;

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