Credit Markets and Child

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:
Credit Markets and Child

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Access to credit markets and the risk faced by the household can have effects on the time use of children. The authors test whether credit rationed households and households that do not have access to risk management instruments, like insurance, are less likely to invest in their children’s human capital. They also use information about the occurrence of shocks to assess the role of negative shocks in determining child labour supply. The results indicate that shocks exert a large influence on children’s labour supply, and that access to insurance and credit markets is important, especially in determining investment in the children’s human capital. This evidence indicates that polices aimed at reducing the risk faced by the household or guaranteeing access to risk-coping instruments can be very effective in reducing child labour, and increasing school enrolment.

Keywords: child labour; credit markets; insurance; risk management; shocks

Chapter.  6641 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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