Agricultural technology and child labor: Evidence from India
Child labor continues to be a major problem in developing countries, particularly in agricultural countries. The latest ILO global report points out that nine out of every ten child laborers is involved in the agricultural sector. The focus of this article is on the rural sector in India, a country where child labor continues to be prevalent. A number of factors have been found to significantly influence the extent of child labor. This article will focus on the type of technology utilized in the agricultural sector. Technology is divided into two types: biochemical and mechanical. The empirical results indicate that biochemical technology has both positive and negative effects on child labor. However, mechanical technology is found to have a statistically significant and negative impact on child labor.
Agricultural child labor, Agricultural technology, Biochemical technology, Mechanical technology, Rural India
Self, Sharmistha, and Richard Grabowski. "Agricultural technology and child labor: Evidence from India." Agricultural Economics 40, no. 1 (2009): 67-78.