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The Effect of Land Title on Child Labor Supply: Empirical Evidence from Brazil

Mauricio José Serpa Barros de Moura () and Rodrigo de Losso da Silveira Bueno ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Rodrigo De-Losso

No 2014_08, Working Papers, Department of Economics from University of São Paulo (FEA-USP)

Abstract: This paper assesses the effect of property-titling on child labor. Our main contribution is to investigate the potential impact of property rights on child labor supply by analyzing household response regarding the child labor force to exogenous changes in property ownership status. The causal role of legal ownership is isolated by comparing the effect of land titling using data from a unique study in two geographically close and demographically similar communities in Osasco, a town of 654,000 people in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area. Survey data were collected from households in both communities before and after the granting of land titles, with neither type knowing ex-ante whether it would receive land titles. The econometric estimates, applying the Difference-in-Difference (DD) methodology and propensity score matching, suggest that land-titling decreases child labor.

Keywords: Property Rights; Land Titling; Child Labor Force (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 O18 O54 P14 Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-06-04
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