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CEP discussion paper
Industrial Structure and Child Labor: Evidence from the Brazilian Population Census
Furio Camillo Rosati and Marco Manacorda
October 2010
Paper No' CEPDP1008:
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JEL Classification: J21; J24; O15; O18

Tags: child labour; shift-share analysis; brazil

This paper uses micro data from the 1980, 1991 and 2000 population censuses to investigate the role of changes in the industry mix in accounting for the differential trends in the incidence of child work (ages 10-15) across Brazilian states. We find that exogenous compositional changes account for around 20% of the observed fall in child employment in rural areas.