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Selection into worst forms of child labor

Child Labor and the Transition between School and Work

ISBN: 978-0-85724-000-2, eISBN: 978-0-85724-001-9

Publication date: 19 May 2010


Little is known about why children participate in activities that are labeled worst forms of child labor (WFCL). Case–control approaches common in medicine are adapted to consider the correlates of participation in worst forms in the context of two WFCL in Nepal: portering and ragpicking. Paternal disability is a strong predictor of entry into each of the worst forms, and the presence of productive assets within the child's home reduces the risk a child is observed in a worst form. We argue that our findings are consistent with a model where there are negative amenities associated with these jobs that induce the poor and those with the fewest alternative earnings options to select into these WFCL in Nepal.


Edmonds, E.V. (2010), "Selection into worst forms of child labor", Akee, R.K.Q., Edmonds, E.V. and Tatsiramos, K. (Ed.) Child Labor and the Transition between School and Work (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-31.



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