More than 190 million children are estimated to be economically active in the world today. Academic and policy research on child labor and related questions about how children spend their time in low-income countries has boomed in recent years. This volume collects recent advances in the empirical literature that aims to understand why children work and what the consequences of that work are for children. It contains 11 original research papers by authors from Africa, Asia, Latin America as well as the United States and Europe. These chapters offer insights and answers to questions such as, Why children participate in activities that are labeled worst forms of child labor? How to measure child labor? How child labor and schooling affect health? How many hours of work can be undertaken before negative effects on school attendance are observed? How cash transfer programs affect schooling and children’s participation in market and non-market activities? How children’s time is allocated along gender lines? How the returns to education and local labor demand in the adult labor market affect schooling decisions of children?
The Table of Contents of this volume can be found here.