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Beyond the Multi-Fibre Agreement: How are Workers in East Asia Faring?

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  • Rajah Rasiah

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    (Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya)

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This article provides critical coordinates for considering implications of the termination of the Multi-Fibre Agreement for employment, wages and working conditions in selected East Asian countries. It starts by discussing first the main arguments on greater liberalisation initiatives for developing economies before analysing the evolution of the clothing value chain. The article eventually provides some justification for insertion of the selected countries to anchor the issue’s subsequent articles.

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Article provided by Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in its journal Institutions and Economies.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 1-20

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Handle: RePEc:umk:journl:v:4:y:2012:i:3:p:1-20

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Keywords: clothing; comparative advantage; East Asia; labour; value chain; work;

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  1. Myo Myo Myint & Rajah Rasiah, 2012. "Foreign Capital and Garment Export from Myanmar: Implications for the Labour Process," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 4(3), pages 151-172, October.

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