Measuring the Vulnerability of Children in Developing Countries: An Application to Guatemala

Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper

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Fabrizia Mealli

University of Florence - Department of Statistics

Stephen Pudney

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Furio C. Rosati

United Nations - UCW Program; University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

Anti-poverty policy in developing countries has focused mainly on the measurement and location of poverty and the targeting of policy towards those who are currently poor. Recently, the research effort has been extended to cover those judged to be not poor at present but vulnerable to poverty in the future. We concentrate on two aspects: inadequate education and child labor, which are closely associated with chronic poverty. We develop and apply new methods for the measurement and empirical analysis of vulnerability to future premature school leaving and/or onset of child labor. Guatemalan survey data are used for the illustrative application.

Keywords: child labour, vulnerable children, poverty, Guatemala, education

JEL Classification: J13, D10, I32, I20, J20

Suggested Citation

Mealli, Fabrizia and Pudney, Stephen and Rosati, Furio C., Measuring the Vulnerability of Children in Developing Countries: An Application to Guatemala (January 2004). Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1780306

Fabrizia Mealli (Contact Author)

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