Remittances and Child Labor in Bolivia

IZA Journal of Migration (2016) 5:1

26 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2016 Last revised: 25 Jan 2016

Date Written: January 18, 2016


This article explores the effect of remittances on the prevalence and intensity of child labor in Bolivia. Using household survey data, we find that children in remittance-receiving households are less likely to be actively supplying labor, and the number of hours worked per week declines with the size of remittances received. The size of the impact varies between urban and rural households. Remittances to urban households have a larger impact on moving children completely out of the labor force, but a smaller increase in remittance size is needed for an equal reduction in number of hours worked in rural areas.

Keywords: Remittances, migration, child labor, Bolivia

JEL Classification: F24, O15, E26

Suggested Citation

Coon, Michael, Remittances and Child Labor in Bolivia (January 18, 2016). IZA Journal of Migration (2016) 5:1, Available at SSRN:

Michael Coon (Contact Author)

University of Tampa ( email )

United States


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