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Trade openness, foreign direct investment and child labor

Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 and De Soysa, Indra (2005) Trade openness, foreign direct investment and child labor. World Development, 33 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2004.06.014


The skeptics of globalization argue that increased trade openness and foreign direct investment induce developing countries to keep labor costs low, for example by letting children work. This article argues that there are good theoretical reasons why globalization might actually have the opposite effect. We test this with various measures of child labor and provide the first analysis of foreign investment in addition to trade. We present evidence that countries that are more open towards trade and/or have a higher stock of foreign direct investment also have a lower incidence of child labor. This holds for the labor force participation rate of 10 to 14 year old children, the secondary school non-attendance rate and a count measure of economic sectors with child labor incidence as the dependent variables. Globalization is associated with less, not more, child labor.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:30

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