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Department of Economic History, Stockholm University

No 13:
Impact of Technological Change on the Incidence of Child Labour in the Indian Match Industry

Per Hilding (), Ranjula Bali Swain () and R. Vidyasagar

Abstract: The Indian match industry in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has been characterized by child labour and a stagnant technology for over half a century. We investigate the technological changes and industrial restructuring, catalysed by the changing duty structure that has moved the match industry towards greater mechanization. Our examination indicates that increased mechanization in the production processes has implied greater demand for skilled labour and a decline in child labour.

Keywords: Child Labour; Match Industry; India; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J20; N35; O17; (follow links to similar papers)

26 pages, April 11, 2011

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