Technology and the Future of Bonded Child Labour in South Asia

7 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2018

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Francis Kuriakose

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Deepa Iyer

University of Cambridge

Date Written: April 1, 2018


Child labour has persisted through many decades despite national and international legal frameworks of prohibition world over. In South Asia, this issue has been specially compounded by concerns of poor implementation and the linkage of debt bondage and intergenerational labor. This article examines the traditional systems of bonded child labour prevalent in South Asia and anticipates the manner in which technological applications could aid in anti-child labour policy implementation. The authors suggest that automation, physical mapping and supply chain tracing that technology brings in, has the potential to reduce prevalence of child labour in South Asia.

Keywords: Child labour, Technology, South Asia, Supply chain, GPS-mapping, Automation

JEL Classification: J13, O15, J47

Suggested Citation

Kuriakose, Francis and Iyer, Deepa, Technology and the Future of Bonded Child Labour in South Asia (April 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Francis Kuriakose (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062

Deepa Iyer

University of Cambridge ( email )

United Kingdom


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