Does Globalisation Increase Child Labour?

21 Pages Posted: 12 May 2002

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Alessandro Cigno

Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Furio C. Rosati

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Lorenzo Guarcello

International Labour Office

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

There is no empirical evidence that trade exposure per se increases child labour. As trade theory and household economics lead us to expect, the cross-country evidence seems to indicate that trade reduces or, at worst, has no significant effect on child labour. Consistently with the theory, a comparatively well educated labour force, and active social policies, appear to be conducive to a reduction in child labour. For countries with a largely uneducated workforce, the problem is not so much globalisation, as being allowed to take part in it.

Keywords: Child Labour, Globalisation, Education, Health, Skill Premium, Trade

JEL Classification: D13, F12, I20, J13, J24, O15

Suggested Citation

Cigno, Alessandro and Rosati, Furio C. and Guarcello, Lorenzo, Does Globalisation Increase Child Labour? (April 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=310344

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