Child Labor And Education In Latin America: An Economic Perspective

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byPeter F. Orazem, Zafiris Tzannatos, Guilherme Sedlacek

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This book examines the facts concerning child labor in Latin America—how it varies over time; across countries; and in comparison to other areas of the world.   The rich evidence presented in the book supports the view that the root causes of child labor can be identified, that child labor has identifiable costs that can last across generations, and that there are policy alternatives that can succeed in its eradication.  This book aims to improve the understanding of root causes and consequences of persistent child labor and to contribute to the policy debate with the goal of enhancing the current and future welfare of all children in Latin America.

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This book examines the facts concerning child labor in Latin America—how it varies over time; across countries; and in comparison to other areas of the world.   The rich evidence presented in the book supports the view that the root causes of child labor can be identified, that child labor has identifiable costs that can last across ge...

Peter F. Orazem is currently University Professor of Economics at Iowa State University where he has been since 1982.  His past research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the International Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Labor Economi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.65 × 6.33 × 0.75 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230614590

ISBN - 13:9780230614598

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"This is an extremely valuable collection of papers on one of the most urgent problems of our times ? child labor. While both the phenomenon and its analysis have a long history, what makes these papers special is that, in searching for empirical regularities and policy prescriptions, they draw on contemporary economic theory and the best statistical methods. The book should be of value to all researchers and policy makers interested in child labor and human capital, not just in Latin America but anywhere in the world." -- Kaushik Basu, Chairman of the Department of Economics and C. Marks Professor, Cornell University."This book brings together some of the leading scholars in the field of child labor and documents the long-term negative effects. It is required reading for those interested in knowing about what works to successfully reduce the extent and impact of child labor." -- Harry Anthony Patrinos, Lead Education Economist, World Bank"Over the years child labor has destroyed dreams and distributed its costs over generations.  This situation transmits pain, suffering and the sense of missed opportunities from generation to generation, and makes child labor a singular and undesirable social and economic phenomenon that needs to be erased from the annals of modern societies. This book provides the reader with a sense of what is possible not only to clarify issues that were not heretofore studied in depth but also to propose new ways to address the problem. It is worth reading for its many merits and for what it adds to our knowledge of a stigma that we do not want  to live with any longer." -- Jorge Jatobá, Professor of Economics and Economic Consultant