Policy Dilemmas for Controlling Child Labor

Kaushik Basu

in Understanding Poverty

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305197
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783519 | DOI:
 Policy Dilemmas for Controlling Child Labor

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This essay attempts to show that seemingly reasonable policy interventions can easily backfire in the area of child labor. Thus, policy interventions cannot be left at the level of broad-brush statements but need to be crafted carefully. The general possibility of pathological reactions to policy interventions will be discussed, and one particular pathology will be spelled out in some detail because this is a problem that seems not to have been discussed in the literature, and also because it provides a generic illustration of the hazard of using standard instruments for curbing child labor.

Keywords: policy intervention; employment; government; fines; wages; punishment

Chapter.  5022 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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