ESP The 26th Young Scholars' Workshop (11/29)

ESP The 26th Young Scholars’ Workshop
Date:                  Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time:                  12:30 – 14:00
Venue:               GRIPS 4th floor, 4B
Language:          English
Presenter:           Kim Lan Nguyen
Affiliation:          Phd Student, Policy Analysis Program, GRIPS
Title:                   Crop restriction, child labor and schooling in Vietnam


Over the past decade, the Vietnamese government have implemented crop restriction policy which strictly restricts 35 percent of national land for rice cultivation for food security purpose. This paper examines the impact of this policy on children’s labor, health and schooling in rural Vietnam. Using long panel data from 2008 to 2014 of compulsory school-age-children aged 7-14, we found that crop choice restriction makes more children engage in farming activities. It has negative effect on children’s health but not children’s schooling. We found no gender differentials in child’s work, however, the oldest group aged 11-14 is likely to work more when more crop restriction is imposed. Increasing number of cultivated seasons, low-income generating activities and small-scale farm are the main drivers of increasing child labor.