Michigan State University
Leah K. Lakdawala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. She received her B.S. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2005, her M.Sc. in Economics from University College London in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2012. She has been at Michigan State University since 2012.
Unintended consequences of India’s child labour ban
08 Jan 2014
Bans and regulations against child labour are among the most popular policy tools used to address the problem throughout the developing world. But how well do they work in practice? This column analyses the effectiveness of India’s flagship legislation against child labour, the Child Labour Act of 1986. It finds that a few years after the ban, employment levels of children under the legal working age of 14 rose relative to those of legal age.
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