The Negative Effects Of Child Labor

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Around the world there are millions of people that are trapped in child labor which is a major setback in their education, health and which forces them to spend their life in sufferings and poverty. Child labor is not confined to only one sector it is spread over several sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, mining and domestic service. Child labor is a great threat for many developing countries. Not only on social grounds, it is also not desirable from an economic point of view as it hinders and create barriers for human capital advancement in the long run. Developing countries which have high rate of population are often resource-stricken which means that any enhancement in the quality of human capital will improve the growth level of the economy. However, human capital development depends upon the education of the future labour force.
But, at the micro level if parents favour work over education for their children, this will trigger poverty by decreasing their contribution to the economy and by lowering their income generating potential (Glewwe, 2002), which will eventually trap the household in a vicious intergenerational cycle of poverty (Baland & Robinson, 2000).

In another context where parents let their children work with getting education side by side, work will still have a negative effect on the child’s learning and, will impact the human advancement and growth. For example, children who work will sometimes miss school or will utilize their spare time
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