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Child labor indicators used by the UCW project : an explanatory note (Inglês)

This document briefly explains and illustrates the set of indicators developed for the Country statistics found on the Understanding Children's Work (UCW) project website. The indicators are not the theoretical best of the many that could be constructed on child work, but rather those that are feasible given the available data. As such, the indicators are unable to fully capture the various dimensions of the child work phenomenon. They do, however, provide at least partial answers to the following key questions: 1) what is child work? 2) How widespread is it? 3) What are its characteristics? 4) How damaging is it for the child's health and future earning capacity? 5) Which household, local or national characteristics make it more likely that a child will work? The data used to develop the indicators are from household surveys conducted mainly by the World Bank, under its Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) program, the International Labor Organization (ILO) International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC), under its Statistical Information and Monitoring Program on Child Labor (SIMPOC), and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), under its Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) program. These surveys yield a wide variety of data in areas such as education, employment, health, expenditure, and consumption that relate to child work. They do not, however, provide information on unconditional worst forms of child work, such as child prostitution and child slavery, for which different data collection methodologies are required.

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