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Are Western Activists Really Reducing Child Labor?

Author: Eduardo Porter, New York Times [blog], Published on: 8 March 2012

Child labor offers perhaps the best example that big improvements in the workplace are always driven from pressure from within…“There is very little evidence supporting any connection between trade and child time allocation other than through the impact of trade on the living standards of the very poor,” writes Eric V. Edmunds, an economist at Dartmouth College who directs the Child Labor Network at the Institute for the Study of Labor…Most child laborers do not work in trade-related industries but in more backward areas of the economy — mainly in agriculture and retail trade…Some economists have concluded that Western campaigns might actually make child labor more difficult to eradicate: campaigns push children out of formal jobs into the informal economy, where they are less likely to compete with adults for jobs.

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