The impact of household income on child labour in urban Turkey

The aim of this study is to investigate the determinants of child labour in urban Turkey with a special reference to low household income or poverty as one of its root causes. Studies done elsewhere have produced mixed results which necessitate the relationship to be studied at country-level. The data from urban Turkey indicate that children from poorer families stand at a higher risk of employment. This finding is confirmed using various measures of household material well-being. Simulation results have further pointed out that current interventions are not likely to produce a sizeable impact on the child labour problem.


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M. Dayıoğlu Tayfur, “The impact of household income on child labour in urban Turkey,” JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, pp. 939–956, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: