December 2007

IZA DP No. 3259: Origins and Consequences of Child Labor Restrictions: A Macroeconomic Perspective

published in: Peter Rupert (ed.), Frontiers in Family Economics, Bingley: Emerald, 2008

We investigate the positive and normative consequences of child-labor restrictions for economic aggregates and welfare. We argue that even though the laissez-faire outcome 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.