Click here for search results
Child labor, income shocks, and access to credit
 
Author:Dehejia, Rajeev H. ; Beegle, Kathleen ; Gatti, Roberta ; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; WPS 3075
Country:Tanzania; Date Stored:2004/01/30
Document Date:2003/05/30Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:Africa
Report Number:WPS3075SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Children and Youth; Economic Theory & Research; Labor Policies; Health Economics & Finance; Street Children; Youth and Governance
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Although a growing theoretical literature points to credit constraints as an important source of inefficiently high child labor, little work has been done to assess its empirical relevance. Using panel data from Tanzania, the authors find that households respond to transitory income shocks by increasing child labor, but that the extent to which child labor is used as a buffer is lower when households have access to credit. These findings contribute to the empirical literature on the permanent income hypothesis by showing that credit-constrained households actively use child labor to smooth their income. Moreover, they highlight a potentially important determinant of child labor and, as a result, a mechanism that can be used to tackle it.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 30 pagesOfficial version*2.1 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order
Light-Weight Documents
Lighter (less MB) documents which may or may not be the final, official version
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 30 pagesWPS30750.21

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/C40ALT54X0