Child Labour in India: What is the Problem?
Centre for Institutional Performance and Department of Economics
University of Reading, UK.
This paper will look at the patterns of child work, schooling and ‘idleness’ across the
major states of India and over two years - 1993 and 2004. We analyse two rounds of
the NSS dataset to see whether the patterns of schooling and child work have changed
over this period or not. For much of our analysis, we will concentrate on the rural
sector, though some basic comparative statistics will be provided for the urban sector.
We also analyse the factors that influence child work and schooling patterns across
states by considering the impact of state growth rates, agricultural intensity, school