International Migration and Child Labour in Developing Countries

25 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2017

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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 2017

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 labour 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 labour in disadvantaged households through changes in the local labour market.

Suggested Citation

De Paoli, Anna S. and Mendola, Mariapia, International Migration and Child Labour in Developing Countries (April 2017). The World Economy, Vol. 40, Issue 4, pp. 678-702, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2957939 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12375

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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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