Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/99045
Authors: 
Boutin, Delphine
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8007
Abstract: 
This paper explores the effects of remittance receipt on child labour in an African context. We focus on Burkina Faso, a country with a high prevalence of child labour and a high rate of migration. Given the complex relationship between remittance receipt and child labour, our identification relies on different instruments capturing the employment conditions in remittance-sending countries. We first find that receiving remittances has no significant effect on child labour on average. However, when the disruptive effect from the absence of a family member is ruled out, remittances significantly reduce child labour. We provide an extensive robustness check and estimate heterogeneous effects. These show no gender difference but a significant age effect: remittances affect the labour market participation of younger children only, suggesting a progressive integration of children into work activities.
Subjects: 
child labour
migration
Africa
remittances
JEL: 
F24
I25
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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