n Agrekon - Determinants of household participation in the child labour force : the case of Iwo local government area in Osun State, Nigeria

Volume 49, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0303-1853
  • E-ISSN: 2078-0400
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This study determines the factors that influence households' participation in the child labour force in Nigeria. Multistage sampling was used in selecting 1671 households, of which 1457 had children ages 5-14 years. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and logit model. The results indicated that a high proportion (76.94%) of households participate in child labour. The results further showed the determinants of child labour participation to be household per capita income (p<0.05), children's levels of education (p<0.05), household head's perception of child labour (p<0.05) and usefulness of children's education (p<0.05), as well as literacy level (tertiary level-p<0.10) and sex of household head (p<0.10). Nonparticipating households scored significantly better than participating households on those socioeconomic characteristics that discourage child labour; as such, these must be influenced to reduce or eliminate child labour.

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