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Child labour : a review of recent theory and evidence with policy implications

Journal article
Authors Heather Congdon Fors
Published in Journal of Economic Surveys
Volume 26
Issue 4
Pages 570-593
ISSN 0950-0804
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 570-593
Language en
Keywords Child labour, Market imperfections, Policy instruments, Subsistence poverty, conditional cash transfers, economic-growth, latin-america, trade, education, impact, brazil, model, work, persistence, aton as, 1986, journal of political economy, v94, p720
Subject categories Economics and Business


In recent years, a growing number of authors have turned their attention to the question of why children work. The purpose of this paper is to review some of the more recent theoretical and empirical research into the topic of child labour, and to illustrate the fact that no one factor on its own can account for the phenomenon of child labour. Therefore, policies aimed at eradicating child labour will need to address the broad range of underlying factors that contribute to the incidence of child labour, such as poverty, market imperfections and access to education.

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