Author: Chiara Kofol, Maryam Naghsh Nejad

Publisher: Journal of African Economies

Year: 2021

Language: English

Journal of African Economies, ejab026,

21 October 2021

Despite efforts to reduce the incidence of child labour, about one in three children in Sub-Saharan Africa works. Using data for the Kagera region of Tanzania, we estimate how rates of child labour were impacted by a large influx of refugees fleeing from genocide in both Rwanda and Burundi. We find that the areas most affected by this population shock initially had a lower incidence of child labour. However, 10 years later, children in these areas were more likely to work on a farm and participate in domestic chores as the demand for agricultural labour increased.

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