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|Title:||Economic yoyos and some mysteries about child labor|
|Author(s):||Yi Lin, (School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, People's Republic of China and Department of Mathematics, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA), Sifeng Liu, (School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, People's Republic of China)|
|Citation:||Yi Lin, Sifeng Liu, (2009) "Economic yoyos and some mysteries about child labor", Kybernetes, Vol. 38 Iss: 1/2, pp.118 - 140|
|Keywords:||Children, Cybernetics, Labour, Parents, Systems analysis|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03684920910930312 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish a theoretical foundation for seemingly contradictory empirical findings about child labor and the families and the children's well-being.
Design/methodology/approach – The systemic yoyo model is employed as justification and road map for exploring some issues related to child labor and its efficiency.
Findings – Among many interesting results obtained in this paper, it is particularly shown that: first, as long as children's disutility or utility of labor or formal schooling are concerned, the
Research limitations/implications – To take advantage of the methods and results of calculus, the assumption of continuity and differentiability is implied. So, all the findings of this work are limited by these conditions.
Originality/value – It is shown that by using systems analysis, seemingly contradictory empirical findings regarding the efficiency of child labor can be explained by using a unified theory.
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