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Globalisation, labour standards and economic development

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  • Ajit Singh
  • Ann Zammitt

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In recent years a few advanced countries have been advocating multilateral rules permitting punitive trade measures to be taken against countries not upholding core labour standards. The mainly developing target countries have rebutted these initiatives which they argue are protectionist, in intent and in effect. Whilst closely examining the economic arguments in this controversy, this paper is also concerned with the broader political and moral dimensions. The authors suggest that developing countries are committed to improving core and other labour standards; the reason why they are unable to implement many of these forthwith is not because of the wickedness of their governments, but essentially their economic circumstances and the structure of their economies. The paper concludes that core ILO Conventions 87 and 98 should be re-drafted to take into account the economic conditions of developing countries.

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  • Ajit Singh & Ann Zammitt, 2003. "Globalisation, labour standards and economic development," Working Papers wp257, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
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    Globalisation; Labour Standards; Economic Development;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets

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