The effect of child labour on skills: evidence from Indonesia

Armand Arief Sim, Asep Suryahadi, Daniel Suryadarma
Children & Youth, Labor, Migration & Informal Sector, Poverty & Inequality, Social Protection
Externally Published Content, September, 2012, Final
Source: East Asia Forum, September 2012

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According to the latest statistics from the International Labour Organization, about 153 million children younger than 15 are working. Despite attracting much negative attention, the effect of child labour is ambiguous. On the one hand, it may have a detrimental effect if children are forced to leave school in order to work, or if working adversely affects children’s health. On the other hand, working has the potential to increase the income of a household so that food, books, healthcare and schooling become more affordable. To this end, child labour may have a net positive effect both on the child and other family members.

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