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The effect of public employment on children's work and school attendance: evidence from a social protection program in Argentina

Randall Juras


October 1, 2014
Juras assess the short-term impact of a public employment program on child labor and school attendance in Argentina. Public employment increases opportunities for adults outside the household, and may correspondingly raise the returns to children’s productive activities at home. The effect of public employment on school attendance may thus be small. However, the study finds that the program substantially increased children’s school attendance in addition to reducing child labor.