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Are Working Children in Developing Countries Hidden Victims of Pandemics?

Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, 38333 Volos, Greece
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Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(9), 321; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090321
Received: 19 July 2021 / Revised: 6 August 2021 / Accepted: 12 August 2021 / Published: 24 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Abuse and Child Protection)
The consequences of the recent pandemic have been disproportionately disruptive to several social groups, including children. As developing economies have been firefighting the recent pandemic, the welfare of minors could be affected and children’s economic exploitation and abuse could increase. Therefore, the present research aims to shed light on and to investigate the association between child labour in developing countries and pandemics, including the coronavirus, through conducting a systematic literature review on previous empirical studies. The present research concludes that previous studies on non-COVID-19 pandemics have mainly focused on the African economies, while studies on the recent pandemic have focused on Asian countries. In addition, differences were observed in relation to the methodological approaches and the characteristics of minor employees and the protection services in certain countries have proven to be insufficient. Suggestions for future research and policy implications are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: child labour; developing countries; pandemics; epidemics; COVID-19 child labour; developing countries; pandemics; epidemics; COVID-19
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Kechagia, P.; Metaxas, T. Are Working Children in Developing Countries Hidden Victims of Pandemics? Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 321. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090321

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