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[IWS] UCW: CHILD LABOUR: THE COMPLEX EFFECTS OF PUBLIC POLICY [September 2013]
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THE COMPLEX EFFECTS OF PUBLIC POLICY ON CHILD LABOUR [September 2013]
BY de Hoop, Jacobus; Rosati, Furio C
[full-text, 43 pages]
Abstract : Child labour is a complex phenomenon. Many policy instruments can be used to address child labour or can affect child labour, even if implemented to achieve other objectives. Predicting the impact of these policy instruments on child labour ex-ante is far from straightforward. This paper discusses the evidence generated by rigorous empirical evaluations to draw some general lessons on the complex effects of public policy on child labour. We find that while transfer programs generally tend to reduce child labour, other policies risk increasing child labour, in particular if they affect households’ productive structure.
UCW COUNTRY REPORTS
The UCW Country Reports are designed to provide an overview of child labour and related issues in specific national contexts.
They help provide a common analytical understanding of child labour, and help inform policy responses to it. More recent Country Reports also analyse the related issue of youth employment .
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Thematic background research papers by counterparts, also posted below, feed into the development of the Country Reports.
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