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Origins and Consequences of Child Labor Restrictions: A Macroeconomic Perspective

Matthias Doepke, Dirk Krueger

NBER Working Paper No. 12665
Issued in November 2006
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In this paper we investigate the positive and normative consequences of child-labor restrictions for economic aggregates and welfare. We argue that even though the laissez-faire equilibrium may be inefficient, there are usually better policies to cure these inefficiencies than the imposition of a child-labor ban. Given this finding, we investigate the potential political-economic reasons behind the emergence and persistence of child-labor legislation. Our investigation is based on a structural dynamic general equilibrium model that provides a coherent and uniform framework for our analysis.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12665

Published: Rupert, Peter (ed.) Frontiers in Family Economics. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2008.

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