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Title
  • Child Labor and Household Wealth: Theory and Empirical Evidence of an Inverted-U
Author
  • Basu, Kaushik
  • Das, Sanghamitra
  • Dutta, Bhaskar
  • Kaushik Basu
  • Sanghamitra Das
  • Bhaskar Dutta
Physical Description
  • preprint
Notes
  • RePEc:ecl:corcae:07-02
  • Some studies on child labor have shown that, at the level of the household, greater land wealth leads to higher child labor, thereby casting doubt on the hypothesis that child labor is caused by poverty. This paper argues that the missing ingredient may be an explicit modeling of the labor market. We develop a simple model which suggests the possibility of an inverted-U relationship between land holdings and child labor. Using a unique data set that has child labor hours it is found that, controlling for child, household and village characteristics, the turning point beyond which more land leads to a decline in child labor occurs around 4 acres of land per household.
  • RePEc:wrk:warwec:888
  • RePEc:ind:isipdp:07-01
  • Some studies on child labor have shown that greater land wealth leads to higher child labor, thereby casting doubt on the hypothesis that child labor is caused by poverty. This paper argues that the missing ingredient is an explicit modeling of the labor market. We develop a simple model which suggests an inverted-U relationship between land holdings and child labor. A unique data set from India that has child labor hours information confirms this hypothesis. It is shown that the turning point beyond which more land leads to a decline in child labor occurs at 3.6 acres of land per household, which is well below the observed maximum value of land-holding.
  • child labor, land-holding, education, labor markets
  • RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2736
Language
  • English
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