publication . Article . 2005

Child Labor in the Global Economy

Eric V. Edmonds; Nina Pavcnik;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2005 Journal: Journal of Economic Perspectives, volume 19, pages 199-220 (issn: 0895-3309, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Economic Association
Few issues in developing countries draw as much popular attention as child labor. This paper begins by quantifying the extent and main characteristics of child labor. It then considers the evidence on a range of issues about child labor. Fundamentally, child labor is a symptom of poverty. Low income and poor institutions are driving forces behind the prevalence of child labor worldwide. This study concludes by assessing the policy options to reduce worldwide child labor.
Medical Subject Headings: reproductive and urinary physiology
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Human development (biology), Economy, Poverty, Fertility, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Labor relations, Income distribution, Economics, The labor problem, Developing country, Family planning, Labour economics
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