Noon Seminar Series: Parents’ labor force participation and children’s involvement in work activities: Evidence from Thailand


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Noon Seminar

When: Feb 19 2019 - 12:00pm until Feb 19 2019 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125 (3rd floor)

Is children’s involvement in market and household work related to the labor force status of their mothers and fathers? Among children with employed parents, is there a relationship between parents’ sector of employment and the work performed by children? And how does poverty affect the relationship between parents’ informal employment and work performed by children? It is important to answer these questions if we are to understand how policies that aim to reduce poverty or stimulate economic growth by increasing the labor force participation of women and men might influence children’s work responsibilities, both in the market and at home. The empirical results show parents’ labor force status influences children’s participation in work. This presentation will discuss the positive correlations prevalent among low-income children living with mothers or fathers employed in the informal sector.

Video of Phanwin Yokying's presentation on 2/19/19 at East-West Center:


Phanwin Yokying is a Fellow (Early Career Scholar) at the East West Center, where she studies development issues affecting the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in Asia and West Africa. She is also involved in a multi-disciplinary research project that investigates long-term changes and spatial variability of rice production systems in Southeast Asia. Previously, she worked as an independent contractor for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and as a short-term consultant for the International Food Policy Research Institute. Her research areas of interest include women’s empowerment, time use, child labor, migration, and population aging.

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