Children's work and time-use

Large numbers of children in developing countries engage in forms of work, often alongside their schooling. Children’s work can include chores within or outside the home or paid and unpaid activities outside the home. Some child work has negative impacts for children. In other cases, work may be an important way in which children develop and learn skills and are socialised into their families and communities. The way children spend their time is also closely linked to their well-being

Young Lives is researching the impact of children’s work on their education. We are also studying the different paths young people take once they leave school. By following the same children over a long period of time we are also able to track whether poverty in early childhood influences their choices later in life and the jobs they do.


What's New

'The Role of Birth Order in Child Labour and Schooling', by Yared Seid and Shiferaw Gurmu, Applied Economics, 47.49: 5262-5281

Childrens Work and Labour in East AfricaChildren's Work and Labour in East Africa, edited by Michael Bourdillon, Gina Crivello and Alula Pankhurst, June 2015



Exploring Childrens Experiences of WorkExploring Children’s Experiences of Work in Ethiopia: A Guide for Child-focused Research, Technical Note 31




PB_child work and wellbeingChildren's Well-being and Work in Sub-Saharan-Africa, Policy Brief, Africa Child Policy Forum, Save the Children and Young Lives




European Journal of Development Research'Know Your Place: Ethiopian Children’s Contributions to the Household Economy',  European Journal of Development Research 25(4): 600-620



CP_Harika_IND51-girl picking cottonChildren Combining Work and Education in Cottonseed Production in Andhra Pradesh: Implications for Discourses of Children's Rights in India

We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.