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The Adoption of Labour Standards Conventions: Who, When and Why?

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  • Chau, Nancy H
  • Kanbur, Ravi

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The ratification of ILO Labour Standards Conventions is a key explanatory variable in the empirical literature linking labour standards to economic performance. The assumption is that ratification gives information about labour standards implemented in a country. This Paper investigates the determinants of ratification directly and, indirectly, the determinants of labour standards. We find considerable variation across different Conventions, and across developing and developed countries. But there are some systematic and interesting patterns. While economic variables such as per capita income do not explain ratification, legal systems do. Most interestingly, for some Conventions, even after controlling for basic economic characteristics and domestic legal institutions, we find that peer effects are in play and the probability of adopting an international standard depends on how many other countries in a peer group have already adopted that standard.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2904.

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Date of creation: Aug 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2904

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Keywords: labour standards; legal systems; peer effects; ratification of ILO conventions;

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  1. Rémi Bazillier & Nicolas Sirven, 2006. "Les normes fondamentales du travail contribuent-elles à réduire les inégalités ?," Documents de travail 123, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
  2. Valckx, Nico, 2004. "WTO financial services commitments: Determinants and impact on financial stability," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 517-541.
  3. Siroën, Jean-Marc, 2012. "Core labour standards and exports," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10660, Paris Dauphine University.

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