Faculty Publications

Title

Occupational Safety among Working Children in the Export Sector of Bangladesh

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bangladesh, child labor, export, international trade, working conditions

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Economic Journal

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

683

Last Page

695

Abstract

Consumers in the United States are reluctant to purchase imported products made using child labor, because working is considered harmful to children. This research uses 2002-2003 survey data to investigate whether illness or injury related to occupational hazards depends on whether a child works in the export sector in Bangladesh. Our results indicate that working in the export sector does not significantly contribute to illness or injury. We further analyze whether working in the export sector causes severe illness or injury, but we find no significant relationship between children's work in the export sector and the incidence of severe illness or injury. Our findings underscore the importance workplace safety compliance in the export sector. © 2013 Korea International Economic Association.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2013

DOI of published version

10.1080/10168737.2012.733720

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