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The Economics of Child Labour

Alessandro Cigno and Furio Camillo Rosati


Why is there child labour? Are there arguments for abolishing or curtailing all forms of child labour, or just morally and physically dangerous ones like soldiering and prostitution? Given that at least some forms of child labour ought to be abolished or curtailed, which is the most effective way of doing it? The book tries to answer these questions both theoretically and empirically. Child labour can be inefficiently high or inefficiently low, but more likely the former. Market and government failure can lead to children being effectively sold into slavery. Even the most common and least obje ... More

Keywords: bonded labour, child labour, credit, education, fertility, insurance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264452
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199264457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alessandro Cigno, author
University of Florence

Furio Camillo Rosati, author
CEIS-University of Rome