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Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad


Roland Pierik


University of Amsterdam

Mijke Houwerzijl


Tilburg Law School; University of Groningen

2006

Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 193-218, 2006
Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-52
General Subserie Research Paper No. 2016-07

Abstract:     
Child labor evokes deep emotions and is cause for growing international concern. Most recent global estimates show that 186 million children are engaged in full time economic activity. This paper discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of Western policies that seek to curb child labor abroad. Since such policies aim to combat practices in other societies, policy-makers should be aware of the many relevant differences between developing and developed countries. We discuss three issues that are central to this debate: different conceptions of childhood and the dominance of the Western conception in these debates; the distinction between child work and child labor; and socioeconomic causes of child labor. We then evaluate the implications of these investigations for direct and indirect policy options against child labor abroad.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Child labor, child work, globalization, childhood


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Date posted: April 2, 2012 ; Last revised: October 20, 2016

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Pierik, Roland and Houwerzijl, Mijke, Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad (2006). Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 193-218, 2006; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-52; General Subserie Research Paper No. 2016-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033303

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Roland Pierik (Contact Author)
University of Amsterdam ( email )
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
Amsterdam, 1012 CN
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.rolandpierik.nl/theory
Mijke Houwerzijl
Tilburg Law School
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University of Groningen
P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands
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