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

The impact of child work on cognitive development: results from four Low to Middle Income countries
Working paper
Evolving Time Use of Children Growing Up in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, 2006-2016
Working paper
SUMMARY Responding to children's work: Evidence from the Young Lives study in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam
Summative Output
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
The Role of Birth Order in Child Labour and Schooling
Journal Article
Children's Work and Labour in East Africa
Book / chapter
Exploring Children’s Experiences of Work in Ethiopia: A Guide for Child-focused Research
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