Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor

23 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2006 Last revised: 12 May 2014

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Tatyana Chesnokova

University of Auckland - Department of Economics

Rhema Vaithianathan

University of Auckland

Date Written: November 26, 2006

Abstract

This paper constructs a model of child labor where siblings differ in birth order and credit constrained parents use the labor income from their first-born child to fund the schooling of later-born children. We show how in this environment, coercive child labor policies may backfire, increasing long-run child labor and reducing human capital. This suggests that intra-sibling redistribution is an important tool for the economic progress of families in developing countries.

Keywords: Child Labor, Birth Order, Credit Constraint

JEL Classification: O12

Suggested Citation

Chesnokova, Tatyana and Vaithianathan, Rhema, Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor (November 26, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.947275

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