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Eric Edmonds


Eric Edmonds is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the World Bank Economic Review, a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research focuses on improving the empirical understanding of the reasons for the prevalence and persistence of child labor, illiteracy, and low levels of schooling attainment in low income countries and on understanding labor markets where participants may lack agency such as in child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking. Eric is frequent speaker on child labor related issues, and he has also served as a consultant on child labor related issues to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labour Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Government of Vietnam, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He holds a bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from the University of Chicago and PhD in Economics from Princeton University.


Children's Work and Independent Child Migration: A critical review
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Children's Work and Independent Child Migration: A critical review

This review considers the evidence from child labour research that is relevant to understanding independent child migration for work. Three factors are relevant: first, migration for work is one of the many possible alternatives for child time allocation. The methodological and analytical tools used in the study of child labour are thus applicable to this study. Second,independent child migration for work will be reduced by factors that improve alternatives to migration. Child labour at home is one possible alternative to migrating. Thus, influences on child labour will affect independent child migration by altering the pressures that push children into migration. Third, the issues that arise in understanding why employers use children are also relevant to understanding what factors pull children into migration.


Why Child Labour Cannot be Forgotten During COVID-19
Blog Blog

Why Child Labour Cannot be Forgotten During COVID-19

In discussions of the pandemic to date, child labour (i.e. forms of work that are harmful to children) has played only a marginal role. Yet, as we describe in this blog, child labour will be an important coping mechanism for poor households experiencing COVID-related shocks.