Child Labour Effects of Access to Basic Utilities

Alessandro Cigno and Furio Camillo Rosati

in The Economics of Child Labour

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199264452
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602511 | DOI:
Child Labour Effects of Access to Basic Utilities

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Access to basic utilities can influence household decisions relative to the allocation of the children’s time. The need to provide the household with basic commodities like water and fuel increases the opportunity cost of the children’s time. Micro-econometric evidence from five countries shows that access to basic utilities does indeed play an important role in determining the supply of child labour. The authors use a methodology based on propensity score matching to identify a causal link between access to water and electricity, and child labour. The results highlight the role of cross-sectoral policies in addressing child labour.

Keywords: basic utilities; child labour; education

Chapter.  10587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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