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Author Edmonds, Eric V.

Title Trade Adjustment and Human Capital Investments [electronic resource] : Evidence from Indian Tariff Reform / Eric V Edmonds.

Published Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (48 p.)
Series IMF Working Papers; Working Paper ; No. 07/94
IMF Working Papers; Working Paper ; No. 07/94
Summary Do the short and medium term adjustment costs associated with trade liberalization influence schooling and child labor decisions? We examine this question in the context of India's 1991 tariff reforms. Overall, in the 1990s, rural India experienced a dramatic increase in schooling and decline in child labor. However, communities that relied heavily on employment in protected industries before liberalization do not experience as large an increase in schooling or decline in child labor. The data suggest that this failure to follow the national trend of increasing schooling and diminishing work is associated with a failure to follow the national trend in poverty reduction. Schooling costs appear to play a large role in this relationship between poverty, schooling, and child labor. Extrapolating from our results, our estimates imply that roughly half of India's rise in schooling and a third of the fall in child labor during the 1990s can be explained by falling poverty and therefore improved capacity to afford schooling.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Other author Edmonds, Eric V.
Pavcnik, Nina.
Topalova, Petia.
Subject Child Labor
Country and Industry Studies of Trade
Primary Schools
Returns to Education
School Attendance
ISBN 1451866585 : 18.00 USD
ISSN 1018-5941
Standard Number 10.5089/9781451866582.001