Journal article

Mental Health Impacts of Child Labour: Evidence from Vietnam and India

Trong-Anh Trinh

The Journal of Development Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


A number of recent studies have investigated the relationship between child labour and physical health. However, there has been little empirical evidence that child labour affects children’s emotional and behavioural development. This study departs from existing literature by examining the mental health impacts of child labour in Vietnam and India, as measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. The potential endogeneity of child labour is addressed by using rainfall as the instrument. The findings show that children engaged in child labour suffer from mental health issues as measured by peer problems and reduced prosocial behaviour in both countries. There is a significant gend..

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Funding Acknowledgements

I would like to thank two anonymous referees for their constructive comments and suggestions that significantly improved the paper, and to this article's responsible editors, for their kind and generous patience during the submission of the paper. I would also like to thank Simon Feeny and participants at the 41st Australian Health Economics Society Conference for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. The data used in this publication come from Young Lives, a 15-year study of the changing nature of childhood poverty ( Young Lives are funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID). The views expressed here are those of the author. They are not necessarily those of Young Lives, the University of Oxford, DFID or other funders. All errors are my own. Interested scholars can email the author for data and code.