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Trade and Labor Standards

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  • Brown, K.D.
  • Deardorff, A.V.
  • Stern, R.M.

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There is a wide disparity of views on issues of international labor standards. The purpose of this paper is to explore these different views and the available options for addressing the issues involved. We conclude that there is no convincing case for incorporating labor standards into the WTO and into U.S. trade agreements. The surest way to improve labor standards is instead for the United States and other industrialized countries to maintain open markets and to encourage the growth of their developing country trading partners. Steps should also be taken to support the activities of the International Labour Organization to provide inducements and technical assistance to help developing countries raise their labor standards.

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Paper provided by Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan in its series Working Papers with number 394.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:mie:wpaper:394

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Keywords: INTERNATIONAL TRADE ; LABOUR;

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  1. Drusilla K. Brown & Alan V. Deardorff & Robert M. Stern, 2001. "U.S. Trade and Other Policy Options and Programs to Deter Foreign Exploitation of Child Labor," NBER Chapters, in: Topics in Empirical International Economics: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert E. Lipsey, pages 233-262 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Bernhard Boockmann, 2003. "Mixed Motives: An Empirical Analysis of ILO Roll-Call Voting," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 263-285, December.
  3. Darlene C. Chisholm & George Norman, 2002. "Spatial Competition and Demand: An Application to Motion Pictures," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0216, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
  4. Drusilla K. Brown, 1998. "A Transactions Cost Politics Analysis of International Child Labor Standards," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 9819, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
  5. Bagwell,K. & Staiger,R.W., 1998. "The simple economics of labor standards and the Gatt," Working papers 9, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
  6. Drusilla K. Brown & Alan V. Deardorff & Robert M Stern, 2002. "The Effects of Multinational Production on Wages and Working Conditions in Developing Countries," Working Papers 483, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  7. Busse, Matthias, 2002. "Do transnational corporations care about labour standards?," HWWA Discussion Papers 182, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
  8. Drusilla K. Brown & Alan V. Deardorff & Robert M Stern, 2002. "Pros and Cons of Linking Trade and Labor Standards," Working Papers 477, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  9. Alireza Naghavi, 2007. "Asymmetric Labor Markets, Southern Wages and the Location of Firms," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 11(3), pages 463-481, 08.
  10. Busse, Matthias, 2002. "Do Labor Standards Affect Comparative Advantage in Developing Countries?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 1921-1932, November.
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  12. Jean-Marie Cardebat & Alexandru Dimitrescu, 2011. "Social Responsibility of the countries and their international trade : A gravitational approach," Larefi Working Papers 1102, Larefi, Université Bordeaux 4.
  13. Alireza Naghavi, 2003. "Asymmetric Labor Markets and the Location of Firms - Are Multinationals Attracted to Weak Labor Standards?," Working Papers 200323, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  14. Grethe, Harald, 2007. "High animal welfare standards in the EU and international trade - How to prevent potential `low animal welfare havens'?," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 315-333, June.
  15. Robert M. Stern, 2003. "Labor Standards and Trade Agreements," Working Papers 496, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  16. Hefeker, Carsten & Wunner, Norbert, 2002. "The producer interest in foreign labor standards," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 429-447, September.
  17. Gabriel Eweje, 2009. "Labour Relations and Ethical Dilemmas of Extractive MNEs in Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia: 1950–2000," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 86(2), pages 207-223, March.
  18. Boockmann, Bernhard, 2002. "Mixed motives: an empirical analysis of ILO roll-call votes," ZEW Discussion Papers 02-40, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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