The Effect of Emigration on Child Labor

17 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2007

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Nava Kahana

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

We present a general model of child labor that incorporates the various components presented in the literature as explanations for its existence. Our proposal is to mitigate the phenomenon by encouraging temporary emigration. It emerges that the remittances sent by the emigrating parents might enable not only their children, but also others, to stop working. We show how this equilibrium can be sustained even upon the return of the emigrant parents to their home country.

Keywords: child labor, temporary emigration

JEL Classification: D62, F22, I30, J13, J20, J24, O15

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Kahana, Nava, The Effect of Emigration on Child Labor (September 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3025. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014595

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