Stockholm Papers in Economic History
Department of Economic History, Stockholm University
Impact of Technological Change on the Incidence of Child Labour in the Indian Match Industry
(), 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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