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The economics of child labour: A framework for measurement

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How much is reliably known about the complexities of child labour? This article provides a conceptual framework within which to measure the economic aspects of the phenomenon. Contending that so far policy approaches have been too simplistic, the author outlines the reasons for concern about child labour, before explaining how the various forms should be defined and measured, and indicating pitfalls to avoid. Exploring these complexities raises questions such as school quality, whether child labourers take adults' jobs, and positive aspects of certain non-hazardous forms of child labour. Finally, he draws out policy and programme implications.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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