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Economic growth: a panacea for child labour?

Kambhampati, U. S. ORCID: and Rajan, R. (2006) Economic growth: a panacea for child labour? World Development, 34 (3). pp. 426-445. ISSN 0305-750X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2005.08.010


In this paper, we test whether economic growth decreases child labour by bringing together data from the National Sample Survey of India and state-level macro data to estimate a bivariate probit model of schooling and labour. Our results lead us to conclude that contrary to popular wisdom, growth actually increases rather than decreases child labour because it increases the demand for child workers. The level of state NDP, village wages and household incomes are seen as the conduits through which growth influences the supply side of the child labour market.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
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