Effects of Public Policy on Child Labor: Current Knowledge, Gaps, and Implications for Program Design

39 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2017

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Ana Dammert

Carleton University

Jacobus Joost De Hoop

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Eric Mvukiyehe

World Bank

Furio Camillo Rosati

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Date Written: March 7, 2017

Abstract

Many policy instruments can be used to address or affect child labor, even if they are implemented to achieve other objectives. From a theoretical point of view, however, the impact of these policies on child labor is undetermined. This paper discusses the evidence generated by rigorous evaluations on the impact on child labor of labor market programs, conditional and unconditional transfers, and microcredit, among other social programs and interventions. The study finds that although transfer programs generally tend to reduce child labor, other policies risk increasing child labor, especially if they affect households' productive opportunities. The findings also point to knowledge gaps that should be addressed in future evaluations. While progress has been made over the past decade, there is still much to learn about the effects of public policy on the labor participation of many children in developing countries.

Keywords: Child Labor Law, Labor Standards, Rural Labor Markets, Educational Sciences, Child Labor

Suggested Citation

Dammert, Ana and De Hoop, Jacobus Joost and Mvukiyehe, Eric and Rosati, Furio Camillo, Effects of Public Policy on Child Labor: Current Knowledge, Gaps, and Implications for Program Design (March 7, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3091975

Ana Dammert (Contact Author)

Carleton University ( email )

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Jacobus Joost De Hoop

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

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Eric Mvukiyehe

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
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Furio Camillo Rosati

University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy

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