International Labour Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries

41 Pages Posted: 24 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)

Date Written: April 2014

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 strong and robust evidence on 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 Labour Mobility and Child Work in Developing Countries (April 2014). Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 365. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2427785

Anna S. De Paoli

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Mariapia Mendola (Contact Author)

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