Does Work During Childhood Affect Adult’s Health? An Analysis for Guatemala
Furio C. Rosati
United Nations - UCW Program; University of Rome II - Faculty of Economics
European Central Bank (ECB)
Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper
The diversity of potential relationships between child labor and health makes the empirical disentanglement of the causal relationship a difficult exercise. This paper examines the long run impact of child labour on health by controlling for unobserved household specific characteristics. In order to control for the unobserved households specific object, we estimate a conditional fixed effect model using data on siblings constructed from the Guatemalan National Survey of Living Condition. The estimation results reinforce the conventional wisdom that child labor is harmful for health in the long run. The results can be interpreted as a lower bound of the true impact since healthier children are most likely to offer themselves for employment and to be appointed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: child labour, health, Guatemala
JEL Classification: J13, I12, I10, J20, J28working papers series
Date posted: March 9, 2011
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