Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 19 No. 1 (Winter 2005)


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Child Labor in the Global Economy

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Edmonds, Eric V., and Nina Pavcnik. 2005. "Child Labor in the Global Economy." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(1): 199-220.

DOI: 10.1257/0895330053147895


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.

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Edmonds, Eric V.
Pavcnik, Nina


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