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Remittance Effects on Child Labour: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Abstract : This article 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 household time allocation decisions, we instrument remittances using economic conditions in remittance-sending countries and explore heterogeneous effects across different types of potential remitters. While remittances have no significant effect on child labour on average, transfers reduce child labour in long-term migrant households, for whom the disruptive effect of migration is no longer felt. We find no gender difference but remittances seem to affect mainly the labour market participation of younger children.
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Olivier Bargain, Delphine Boutin. Remittance Effects on Child Labour: Evidence from Burkina Faso. The Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015, 51 (7), pp.922-938. ⟨10.1080/00220388.2015.101⟩. ⟨halshs-01187514⟩



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