Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem?

CIRPEE Working Paper 10-37

10 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2010

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Sylvain Dessy

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Tiana Rambeloma

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 30, 2010

Abstract

This paper reassesses the case for temporary emigration of unskilled workers as a solution to the child labor problem, based upon a general equilibrium model of migrant remittances, parental investment in child schooling, and intersectoral allocation of capital. Counterfactual simulations uncover a U-shape effect of temporary emigration on the incidence of child labor, suggesting that the case for temporary emigration as a solution to the child labor problem may be weak.

Keywords: Migration, remittances, general equilibrium

JEL Classification: O11

Suggested Citation

Dessy, Sylvain and Rambeloma, Tiana, Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem? (September 30, 2010). CIRPEE Working Paper 10-37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1685273 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1685273

Sylvain Dessy (Contact Author)

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

2325 Rue de l'Université
Ste-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4 G1K 7P4
Canada

Tiana Rambeloma

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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