- Title Pages
- Introduction and Overview
- 1 Measuring Poverty
- 2 Understanding Prosperity and Poverty: Geography, Institutions, and the Reversal of Fortune
- 3 Colonialism, Inequality, and Long-Run Paths of Development
- 4 The Kuznets Curve: Yesterday and Tomorrow
- 5 New Growth Approach to Poverty Alleviation
- 6 Globalization and All That
- 7 The Global Economy and the Poor
- 8 The Role of Agriculture in Development
- 9 Fertility and Income
- 10 Fertility in Developing Countries
- 11 Corruption and Development
- 12 Ethnic Diversity and Poverty Reduction
- 13 Redistribution toward Low Incomes in Richer Countries
- 14 Transfers and Safety Nets in Poor Countries: Revisiting the Trade-Offs and Policy Options
- 15 Poverty Persistence and Design of Antipoverty Policies
- 16 Child Labor
- 17 Policy Dilemmas for Controlling Child Labor
- 18 The Primacy of Education
- 19 Public Goods and Economic Development
- 20 Intellectual Property and Health in Developing Countries
- 21 Public Policies to Stimulate Development of Vaccines for Neglected Diseases
- 22 Microinsurance: The Next Revolution?
- 23 Credit, Intermediation, and Poverty Reduction
- 24 Poor but Rational?
- 25 Better Choices to Reduce Poverty
- 26 Nonmarket Institutions
- 27 Racial Stigma: Toward a New Paradigm for Discrimination Theory
- 28 Aspirations, Poverty, and Economic Change
- (p.243) 16 Child Labor
- Understanding Poverty
Christopher Udry (Contributor Webpage)
- Oxford University Press
In order to construct effective policies to address the problem of child labor, it is necessary to understand the circumstances that lead parents to send their children to work. The essay is organized as follows. The second section briefly describes some of the main features of child labor in developing countries. The third section discusses the first of two features of child labor that give it a central place in a vicious cycle of poverty. This is the fact that the primary costs of child labor are realized so far in the future. When financial markets are poorly developed, the separation in time between the immediate benefits and long-delayed costs of sending children to work can result in too much child labor. The second feature is that the costs and benefits of child labor are not only separated in time; they are borne by different people: the child suffers the main consequences, while other household members benefit. This problem of agency is discussed in the fourth section. The fifth section concludes with a discussion of child labor policies.
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