"Bribe" Third World Parents To Keep Their Kids In School

Many well-meaning Americans, including college students and religious organizations, have attacked Nike Inc. and other companies accused of using child labor in their overseas plants in poor nations. I agree that something should be done to save the children from dismal long-term economic prospects. However, effective policies must recognize that the fundamental cause of child labor is poverty, not greedy foreign and domestic employers. To combat the effects of poverty, poor mothers should be "bribed" to keep their children in school longer.

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