The Global Fight Against Child Trafficking: How Can It Be Won?

CIRPEE Working Paper No. 12-13

35 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2012

See all articles by Sylvain Dessy

Sylvain Dessy

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Caroline Orset

INRA-AgroParisTech

Legrand Yémélé Kana

Université Laval

Date Written: March 20, 2012

Abstract

We study how countries can coordinate their national action plans so as to fight global child trafficking. As both the demand and supply of trafficked children are transboundary in scope, international cooperation may be necessary to mitigate cross-country externalities. We show that specialization is the main feature of international cooperation. We also show that the pattern of specialization depends only on the level of economic development of state-parties. In particular, specialization leads to asymmetric national action plans when state-parties have different levels of economic development: the governments of poorer countries specialize on fighting the supply of trafficked children from their territories, while the governments of richer countries specialize on fighting the demand arising within their territories.

Keywords: Child trafficking, Externalities, International cooperation, Cooperative equilibrium

JEL Classification: D62, F53, J47, O19

Suggested Citation

Dessy, Sylvain and Orset, Caroline and Yémélé Kana, Legrand, The Global Fight Against Child Trafficking: How Can It Be Won? (March 20, 2012). CIRPEE Working Paper No. 12-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2026543

Sylvain Dessy

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

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

Caroline Orset (Contact Author)

INRA-AgroParisTech ( email )

147 rue de l'Université
Paris Cedex, 75338
France

Legrand Yémélé Kana

Université Laval ( email )

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

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