Child Labour in South Asia [E-Book] / Eric Edmonds
Edmonds, Eric.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2003
89 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/586070427316
OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers ; 5
Social Issues/Migration/Health
Full Text
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 19% of children aged 5-14 in Asia and the Pacific are economically active (ILO, 2002). These 127.3 million children constitute 60% of all child labourers worldwide. The aim of this study is to better understand child labour in South Asia through in-depth case studies of the child labour experience in three countries: Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Several themes about child labour emerge in examining data from these three countries. First, any discussion of child labour needs to consider wage work as well as unpaid work including household production activities. Children who work in one type of activity are more likely to work in other activities as well. Thus, focusing on only one aspect of child employment seriously understates child labour supply. Second, there is some evidence of important substitutions of child and adult labour across different household activities that may be very costly for the welfare of the ...