Universal Education and its Impact on Child and Adult Labour Markets: A Note

The Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference, 2006

Posted: 28 Feb 2006

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to re-examine the impact of universal education policy on the incidence of child labour and on the adult unemployment in a job-search model. The paper assumes the double role played by the universal education programme. It raises the number of school going children on the one hand and it affects the potential supply of child labour on the other hand. It has been found that government's free education policy for the rural sector only, for the urban sector only and for the both of the two sectors lowers the incidence of child labour and accentuates the problem of adult urban unemployment. Our findings differ from that obtained in Chowdhuri and Mukhopadhaya (2003), where we find that free education policy intensifies the problem of child labour.

Keywords: Universal education, child labour, adult labour

JEL Classification: I28

Suggested Citation

Bandopadhyay, Titas Kumar, Universal Education and its Impact on Child and Adult Labour Markets: A Note. The Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=885448

Titas Kumar Bandopadhyay (Contact Author)

University of Calcutta - Bethune College ( email )

Bagnan
Howrah, West Bengal 711103
India

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