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North South Trade and Supervision of the Social Quality of Goods from the South

  • Jean-Marie Cardebat
  • Patrice Cassagnard

This text presents a duopolistic North/South model where the Southern firm can choose to produce ethically or not and to lie or not about the real social quality of its production. The goods from the South are assumed to be ethically unsound (i.e. dubious social content) while those from the North ethically sound. We then study the consequences of monitoring ethics in the North on the nature (fair or unfair) and the volume of North-South trade. On the one hand, an increase in the probability of inspection of goods from the South leads to an increase in imports to the North from the South. This result goes against the idea that this kind of social monitoring is akin to a protectionist measure. On the other hand, if monitoring is large enough that leads the Southern firm to produce ethically and the trade to be fair. Copyright � 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 168-178

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