Shocks and child labor: the role of markets
Christelle Dumas ()
No 458, FSES Working Papers from Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Freiburg/Fribourg Switzerland
Economic shocks have been shown to affect child labor and particularly so when households fail to access credit. This paper endeavours to assess whether access toagricultural labor markets also reduce the impact of shocks on child labor. Using panel data from Tanzania, we confirm that households respond to transitory productivity shocks by changes in child labor, but that (1) child labor increases with increases in rainfall, (2) it increases less when households have access to a labor market and (3) the agricultural labor market seems more efficient than the credit market to smooth rainfall shocks. These findings are consistent with the theoretical model offered in the paper. They highlight that imperfect agricultural labor markets are important determinants of child labor.
Keywords: child labor; labor market imperfections; credit market imperfections; Tanzania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O13 O15 J13 J43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
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