Is Temporary Emigration of Unskilled Workers a Solution to the Child Labor Problem?
CIRPEE Working Paper 10-37
10 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2010
Date Written: September 30, 2010
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
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