International Labor Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries

42 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014

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Anna S. De Paoli

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS)

Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

De Paoli, Anna S. and Mendola, Mariapia, International Labor Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8066. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420711

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Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

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Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

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