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Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2010)
  • Tatyana Chesnokova, University of Auckland
  • Rhema Vaithianathan, University of Auckland
Abstract

This paper has two objectives. First, we construct a theoretical model which explains the empirical evidence that in developing countries, first-born children are more likely to be child laborers than later-born. Second, we explore the long-run consequences of child labor regulations within our framework. In our model, credit-constrained parents use the labor income from their first-born child to fund the schooling of later-born children. In the presence of such intra-sibling effects, child labor laws which decrease work opportunities for children may backfire, increasing child labor and reducing human capital in the long run.

Keywords
  • child labor,
  • birth order,
  • credit constraint
Publication Date
July 7, 2010
Citation Information
Tatyana Chesnokova and Rhema Vaithianathan. "Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor" The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chesnokova/1/