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Determinants of Child Labor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: An Econometric Analysis

Ahmed, Syed Shujaat and Haider, Waqas and Khan, Dilawar (2012): Determinants of Child Labor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: An Econometric Analysis.

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Abstract

This paper examines how child labor is useful for highlighting those factors because of which parents are forced to engage their children in economic activities. The research is based on cross-sectional data collected from one hundred sampled households through field survey out of which 50 are taken from schools and 50 from market. The binary choice model was used to analyse the determinants of child labour. The results of the econometric model show that the head of the household’s education and household’s average income are significantly and negatively correlated with child labour. The age of the child and family size are insignificantly and positively correlated with child labour. The results of the study conclude that parental education is necessary for better future of children. The study suggests that: 1.government and private sector should provide education facilities to the lower middle and poor people of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province. 2. Open skill development centres in rural areas and urban areas so that those who do not afford the formal education can have some skills for themselves to get the basic needs of life.

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