Child labour: the effects of globalisation

Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Khanam, Rasheda (2012) Child labour: the effects of globalisation. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 13 (4). pp. 59-71. ISSN 1499-691X

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Abstract

This paper analyses the current trend of global child labour, and investigates the causes and consequences of child labour with a particular attention on globalisation-child labour nexus. Though a decreasing trend is observed, the incidence of child labour is still alarming. The incidence in hazardous work is increased by 2.5 percent for the children aged 15-17 years over 4 years. Though controversy exists, poverty is still revealed as a strong determinant of child labour. Among the other factors, parents’ education, credit market constraints, schooling performance, child’s nutrition and health status, family size and birth order, higher schooling costs, lack of quality education, employer’s attitude, inappropriate government policy play major roles. It is also evident that child labour negatively affects child’s physical and mental health, educational outcomes, adult employment, adult earnings and bargaining power of adult workers. The theoretical arguments regarding the effects of globalisation on child labour is ambiguous. Empirical evidences also provide us mixed results.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Journal of Applied Business and Economics 2012.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: child Labour, globalisation
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22652

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