International Labor Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries
42 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014
This paper investigates the labor market effect of international migration on child work in countries of origin. We use an original cross-country survey dataset, which combines information on international migration with detailed individual-level data on child labor at age 5-14 in a wide range of developing countries. By exploiting both within- and cross-country variation and controlling for country fixed effects, we find a strong empirical regularity about the role of international mobility of workers in reducing child labor in disadvantaged households through changes in the local labor market.
Keywords: international migration, child labor, factor mobility, cross-country survey data
JEL Classification: F22, F1, J61
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