Papers, please! The effect of birth registration on child labor and education in early 20th century USA

Fagernäs, Sonja (2012) Papers, please! The effect of birth registration on child labor and education in early 20th century USA. Discussion Paper. SSRN.

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Abstract

A birth certificate establishes a child's legal identity and age, but few quantitative estimates of the significance of birth registration exist. Birth registration laws were enacted by U.S. states in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Using 1910-1930 census data, this study finds that minimum working age legislation was twice as effective in reducing under-aged employment if children were born with a birth registration law, with positive implications for school attendance. Registration laws also improved the enforcement of schooling laws somewhat, but the connection is weaker. The long-term effect of registration laws was to increase educational attainment by 0.06-0.1 years.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Discussion Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour
K Law > KF Law of the United States
K Law > KF Law of the United States
Depositing User: Sonja Fagernas
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 11:18
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 11:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39720

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