Child labour: Is international activism the solution or the problem?

Matthias Doepke, Fabrizio Zilibotti

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Abstract

Rich-country governments and consumer groups pressure poor countries to discourage child labour through boycotts and international labour standards. Yet child labour continues unabated. This column suggests international activism may be partially to blame, because reducing the use of child labour in the formal sector decreases domestic pressures to prohibit it throughout the economy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVoxEU
StatePublished - Oct 12 2009

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