The political economy of child labor

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MAFFEI, Alessandro, 2005. The political economy of child labor [Dissertation]. Konstanz: University of Konstanz

@phdthesis{Maffei2005polit-11763, title={The political economy of child labor}, year={2005}, author={Maffei, Alessandro}, address={Konstanz}, school={Universität Konstanz} }

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