Migration, remittances, and child labor

Type Working Paper
Title Migration, remittances, and child labor
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
URL http://www.iza.org/conference_files/AMM_2008/gang_i109.pdf
We examine child labor in the context of emigration and remittances. Remittances sent by the emigrating parents might enable not only their children, but also others, to stop working. Our empirical formulation of this model is recursive simultaneous equations model of migration, remittances and child labor supply, where we hypothesize a positive coefficient of both the migration and remittance variables in the child labor equation. We use Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS) data on the Kagera region in Tanzania, provided by the World Bank. It consists of a panel of close to 800 rural households for 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and approximately 2500 in 2004, where some of the households can be traced back to the 1991-1994 panel.

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