Child labour in developing countries: the role of education, poverty and birth order

Khanam, Rasheda and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2008) Child labour in developing countries: the role of education, poverty and birth order. Journal of Social and Economic Development, 10 (2 ). pp. 173-195. ISSN 0972-5792

Abstract

This paper examines the role of education, poverty and birth order with regard to child labour in developing countries. The higher the cost of education is, compared to benefit, the higher is the likelihood of a child being sent to work. Poor school facilities and poor quality of education ensure higher incidence of child labour. However, easy access to credit market, income transfer programmes to households and law of compulsory schooling affect child labour negatively. The link between poverty and child labour is inconclusive, though a positive relationship between these two variables is prevalent. The evidence also notes that older children are more likely to be sent to work than their younger siblings, though a few exceptions also exist in the literature. Girls' work participation is higher than the boys' work participation, and girls are more likely to participate in housework, while boys are more likely to participate in market work.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. This is a July -December issue. The article has been published anytime during this period.
Depositing User: Dr Mafiz Rahman
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 06:11
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 01:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: child labour; developing countries
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4739

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