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Title:Household Size and Composition as Correlates of Child Labour in Urban Nigeria
Authors:Togunde, Dimeji
Richardson, Sarah
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:child labour
household composition
urban households
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
Urbanization and Migration
Households--Economic aspects
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24483850
Abstract:This paper draws on interviews with 1,535 parents and their children to examine the relationship between child labour and various household variables in urban Nigeria, where child labour studies have been very limited. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of the household factors and residential dynamics through which child labour evolves. Their findings demonstrate the usefulness of the household production theory in explaining the socioeconomic ramifications and household context of child labour. The findings indicate that although child labour is mostly caused by poverty and the need to prepare children with skills and training useful for future occupations, the size of the household, number of children in the household, number of children contributing to the household income, child's age, and age at which child started working are all significantly and positively correlated with children's hours of work. However, gender of the children or of the household head and age of the household head have little or no relationship with children's hours of work. Additionally, parental socioeconomic status and family structure variables are associated with fewer hours of children's work. The findings have implications for policies aimed at regulating child labour in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]