Children's work

Large numbers of children in developing countries engage in forms of work, often alongside their schooling. Children’s work can include chores within or outside the home or paid and unpaid activities outside the home. Some child work has negative impacts for children. In other cases, work may be an important way in which children develop and learn skills and are socialised into their families and communities. The way children spend their time is also closely linked to their well-being

Young Lives is researching the impact of children’s work on their education. We are also investigating the different paths young people take once they leave school. By following the same children and young people over a long period of time we are  able to track whether poverty in early childhood influences their choices later in life and the jobs they do.

Latest research: Children's work and time-use

Responding to children's work: Evidence from the Young Lives study in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam
Summative Output
‘Whatever she may study, she can’t escape from washing dishes’: gender inequity in secondary education – evidence from a longitudinal study in India
Journal Article
Balancing School and Work with New Opportunities: Changes in Children’s Gendered Time Use in Ethiopia (2006-2013)
Working paper
Perspectives on children’s work and schooling: Evidence from a longitudinal study in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, India
Working paper
Children’s Work in Family and Community Contexts
Working paper
Intersections of School, Work, and Learning: Children in Ethiopia, India, Peru,and Vietnam
Book / chapter
Can Children in Ethiopian Communities Combine Schooling with Work?
Working paper
Is Child Work Detrimental to the Educational Achievement of Children? Results from Young Lives in Ethiopia
Working paper

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