English, Article edition: Is child labour a substitute for adult labour?: A case study of brick kiln workers in Tamil Nadu, India Augendra Bhukuth; Jérôme Ballet

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  • Is child labour a substitute for adult labour?: A case study of brick kiln workers in Tamil Nadu, India
Author
  • Augendra Bhukuth
  • Jérôme Ballet
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  • article
Notes
  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight that child labour is complementary to adult labour in the brick kiln industry. Design/​methodology/​approach – The paper presents a case study of bonded labourers in the brick kiln industry of Southeast India. Findings – The paper finds that child labour is used by parents in the moulding process in order to avoid falling into debt bondage. In this industry, brick making is organized as a home-based enterprise. Thus, child labour increases the family productivity and consequently its income. In case of a ban on child labour bonded parents will be worse-off. NGOs can play an essential role by preventing families from falling into bondage and by improving their living standards. Originality/​value – The results may help the NGOs address child labour issues in the developing world.
  • Children (age groups), India, Labour, Poverty
  • RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:33:y:2006:i:8:p:594-600
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  • English
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