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Local labor demand and child work

Manacorda, Marco and Rosati, Furio Camillo (2010) Local labor demand and child work. In: Akee, Randall K. Q., Edmonds, Eric V. and Tatsiramos, Konstantinos, (eds.) Child Labor and the Transition Between School and Work. Research in labor economics (31). Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 321-354. ISBN 9780857240002

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0147-9121(2010)0000031014


This chapter uses micro data from the Brazilian Pesquisa Nacional Por Amostra de Domicílios (PNAD) between 1981 and 2002 to ascertain the role that local labor demand – proxied by male adult employment in the area of residence – plays in shaping the work and schooling decisions of children aged 10–15 years. We find that child work is on average procyclical, while school enrollment is essentially unaffected by local labor market conditions: As local labor demand conditions improve, children are more likely to combine work with school and are less likely to be inactive. One exception is young urban boys with older brothers: These children experience a fall in employment when local labor demand is stronger. This result is consistent with older children subsidizing younger siblings’ schooling and play time.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 11:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:24

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