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Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor

Tatyana Chesnokova1 / Rhema Vaithianathan2

1University of Auckland,

2University of Auckland,

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Volume 8, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.1908, July 2008

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Published Online:
2008-07-17

Abstract

This paper has two objectives. First, we construct a theoretical model which explains the empirical evidence that in developing countries, first-born children are more likely to be child laborers than later-born. Second, we explore the long-run consequences of child labor regulations within our framework. In our model, credit-constrained parents use the labor income from their first-born child to fund the schooling of later-born children. In the presence of such intra-sibling effects, child labor laws which decrease work opportunities for children may backfire, increasing child labor and reducing human capital in the long run.

Keywords: child labor; birth order; credit constraint

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