Why do parents their children work ? A test of peverty hypothesis in rural areas in Brukina Faso
Christelle Dumas ()
Research Unit Working Papers from Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquee, INRA
This article aims at testing whether child labor is caused by poverty. Tests are designed for rural areas in a setting characterized by the absence of a labor market. A model of rural household labor supply is developed that provides testable implications of two different poverty hypotheses. We test if child labor is due to a binding subsistence constraint and if child leisure is a luxury good. We find that, in rural Burkina Faso, children provide labor mostly because of labor market imperfections and not because of household subsistence needs and that child leisure is a normal good.
Keywords: child labor; rural hoseholds; market imperfections; poverty hypothesis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 I32 J22 O12 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
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