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The Effect of Food Price Changes on Child Labour : Evidence from Uganda

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Frempong, Raymond Boadi ; Stadelmann, David:
The Effect of Food Price Changes on Child Labour : Evidence from Uganda.
In: The Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 55 (2019) Issue 7 . - pp. 1492-1507.
ISSN 0022-0388
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2018.1448066

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AbstractMost people in developing countries spend up to 60 per cent of their income on food, even though the majority of them are farmers. Hence, a change in food prices affects both their revenue as well as expenditure, and it may thereby affect their labour market decisions. Using the Uganda National Panel Survey and monthly regional food prices, this paper examines the effect of changes in food prices on child labour. The empirical evidence shows that an increase in food prices is linked to an increase in the probability and the intensity of child labour. We find the effect of food price increases to be smaller among landowning households, which is consistent with the view that landowning households can better compensate for price shocks. The empirical results suggest that periodic shocks in food prices may have longer lasting effects on economic development in developing countries through the channel of child labour.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics > Professorship Development Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 12:25
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 07:30
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52835