Child Labor and the Transition Between School and Work Vol: 31

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12 May 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
300 pages - 156 x 234 x 33mm
Research in Labor Economics


More than 190 million children under 15 are working in the world today. Academic and policy research on child labor and related questions about how children spend their time in low income countries has boomed in recent years. This volume contains fresh knowledge to help better understand the relationship between child labor and the transition between school and work. It contains 11 original research papers by authors from Africa, Asia, Latin America as well as the United States and Europe. These papers offer insights and answers to issues such as: how to measure child labor; how the returns to education in the adult labor market affect children's school enrollment; how cash transfer programs affect schooling and children's participation in market and non-market activities; how child labor and schooling affect health; why children participate in activities that are labeled worst forms of child labor; how children's time is allocated along gender lines; what role local labor demand plays in shaping the work and schooling decisions of children; and, how many hours of work can be undertaken before negative effects on school attendance are observed.
List of Contributors. Preface. Selection into worst forms of child labor. Household poverty and child labor decisions in Malawi. How much work is too much? Effects of child work hours on schooling – the case of Egypt. Lifetime health consequences of child labor in Brazil. Measuring child labor: comparisons between hours data and subjective measures. Allocation of children's time along gender lines: Work, school, and domestic work in Brazil. The impact of conditional cash transfer programs on household work decisions in Brazil. Intra-household time allocation in rural Mexico: Evidence from a randomized experiment. Leveling the intra-household playing field: compensation and specialization in child labor allocation. Adult returns to schooling and children's school enrollment: theory and evidence from South Africa. Local labor demand and child work. Research in Labor Economics. Child Labor and the Transition between School and Work. Copyright page.

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