ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Child Labour and Household Characteristics in Selected States

There exists considerable variation in India in the age, sector and sexwise distribution of child labour. This paper delineates the magnitude of child labour and household characteristics in the four selected states of study. The analysis shows, among other things, that poverty and illiteracy have a bearing on child labour. A policy is needed to make education more meaningful and rewarding so that households are incentivised to send their children to school and keep them there. Measures aimed at poverty reduction and physical and social infrastructure development may also help reduce child labour.

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