Intermittent Child Employment and Its Implications for Estimates of Child Labor

Deborah Levison, Jasper Hoek, David Lam & Suzanne Duryea
This paper uses longitudinal data from urban Brazil to analyze intermittency in children’s work activity and the implications of this intermittency for estimates of child labor. We follow the employment patterns of urban children ages 10-16 during 4 months in their lives. Different waves of the panel cover most of the 1980s and 1990s, providing information on the work activity of thousands of children. We document a large decline in child employment in the 1990s....
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