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Labour provisions in preferential trade agreements: Current practice and outlook

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  • Jean-Marc Siroën

    (LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine)

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While the WTO and Doha Development Round do not deal with labour issues – they leave this to the ILO – the main countries that conclude free trade agreements incorporate labour provisions, which vary in terms of stringency. Sanctions are rarely used, and fears that “social clauses” would serve protectionist purposes have proved to be unfounded. Labour provisions are designed to meet a variety of sometimes conflicting goals, by means of different mechanisms aimed at improving labour practices and promoting Decent Work; the author makes a number of suggestions in this regard.

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  • Jean-Marc Siroën, 2013. "Labour provisions in preferential trade agreements: Current practice and outlook," Post-Print hal-01488313, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01488313
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2013.00170.x
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01488313
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    Cited by:

    1. Isao Kamatai, 2014. "Regional Trade Agreements with Labor Clauses: Effects on Labor Standards and Trade," Discussion papers e-13-007, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    2. KAMATA Isao, 2014. "Regional Trade Agreements with Labor Clauses: Effects on labor standards and trade," Discussion papers 14012, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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