4. Coercion is more likely to occur when the outside options of the agent is low

This statement is also supported by several research that showed that children who were recruited were from the poor families, with limited or no outside options for employment, or education4,7,8. The research also indicated that children were in most of the cases unaware of their opportunities, unlike the adults. This fact made children more vulnerable against the recruitment.

Even though the theory of the economics of labor coercion provides  valuable insights into the forced recruitment/ coercive labor relationship that seem very relevant to our case, it does not address the question of why the forced recruitment is usually addressed towards the children.

Nevertheless, on the base of the theory one important recommendation could be made. It might be suggested to  increase outside options for children such as to expand educational, and employment opportunities.


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