Social norms, inequality and child labor

Hideaki Goto*

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果査読

4 被引用数 (Scopus)

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This paper theoretically analyzes a situation wherein adults' decisions on child labor are affected not only by materialistic utility but also by a social norm against child labor. The adult thus faces a tradeoff; on the one hand, household income rises if she sends her child to work. On the other hand, the adult suffers disutility from violating the social norm in so doing. We also suppose that the extent of disutility falls as more other adults have their children work. We then explore how the total amount of child labor in an economy changes as adults' labor efficiencies rise or become more unequal. Our analysis reveals that a more equal distribution or rises in adults' labor efficiency help decrease child labor only under certain conditions.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)806-814
ページ数9
ジャーナルJournal of Socio-Economics
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2011 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 経済学、計量経済学

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