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Child labor, schooling and household wealth in African rural area: luxury axiom or wealth paradox

KPEIN Sandrine Aïda Koissy

No 2012-08, LISER Working Paper Series from LISER

Abstract: This work uses MVPROBIT model and MICS surveys from rural areas of 8 sub-Saharan African countries to highlight the link between household wealth and child labor. It opposes “wealth paradox” approach of Bhalotra and Heady (2003) to “luxury axiom” approach of Basu and Van (1998). Our analysis is based on the assumption of differences in the wealth’s effect according to the gender and the type of labor. The results suggest that heterogeneity among children (gender) and labor activities leads to heterogeneous rules concerning the link between child labor and household wealth.

Keywords: child labor; schooling; luxury axiom; wealth paradox (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2012-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-agr, nep-dem, nep-dev and nep-lab
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