EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform

Eric Edmonds (), Nina Pavcnik and Petia Topalova

No 6772, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Does trade policy influence schooling and child labor decisions in low income countries? We examine this question in the context of India's 1991 tariff reforms. Overall, in the 1990s, rural India experienced a dramatic increase in schooling and decline in child labor. These trends were attenuated in communities where employment was concentrated in industries loosing tariff protection. The data suggest that this failure to follow the national trend of increasing schooling and diminishing work is associated with a failure to follow the national trend in poverty reduction. Schooling costs appear to play a large role in this relationship between poverty, schooling, and child labor. Extrapolating from our results, our estimates imply that roughly half of India's rise in schooling and a third of the fall in child labor during the 1990s can be explained by falling poverty and therefore improved capacity to afford schooling.

Keywords: child labour; India; literacy; schooling; trade liberalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F14 F16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-hrm and nep-int
Date: 2008-04
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6772 (application/pdf)
CEPR Discussion Papers are free to download for our researchers, subscribers and members. If you fall into one of these categories but have trouble downloading our papers, please contact us at subscribers@cepr.org

Related works:
Journal Article: Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform (2010) Downloads
Working Paper: Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments; Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform (2007) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:6772

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.cepr.org/ ... ers/dp.php?dpno=6772

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers Centre for Economic Policy Research, 33 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DX.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-16
Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:6772