Child labor and agricultural shocks

Kathleen Beegle, Rajeev H. Dehejia, Roberta Gatti

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This paper examines the relationship between household income shocks and child labor. In particular, we investigate the extent to which transitory income shocks lead to increases in child labor and whether household asset holdings mitigate the effects of these shocks. Using data from a household panel survey in Tanzania, we find that both relationships are significant. We investigate mechanisms that could account for these results, including buffer stocks and borrowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-96
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Buffer stocks
  • Child labor
  • Consumption smoothing
  • Credit constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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