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Cournot Competition and Reduction of Corruption to Prevent Garment Factory Fires in Bangladesh


  • Sato, Hideki


The number of member factories in the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has grown more than 6.8 fold during the past 20 years to reach 5,700.This has been overshadowed by repeated deadly garment factory fires that have resulted in at least 267 workers losing their lives in Dhaka and the surrounding regions during the past 20 years. With a focus on work-related injury and death caused by major indifference to the small changes, this paper indicates that such work-related injury and death can be prevented through Cournot competition if factory owners employ managers, to whom they give two missions: maximize sales and ensure worker safety.

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  • Sato, Hideki, 2014. "Cournot Competition and Reduction of Corruption to Prevent Garment Factory Fires in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 56526, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 09 Jun 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:56526

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    1. Basu, Kaushik & McGavock, Tamara & Zhang, Boyang, 2013. "When competition corrupts : a theoretical analysis of market structure and the incidence of corruption," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6596, The World Bank.
    2. Sato, Hideki, 2012. "Protecting Against Disaster with Contracts," MPRA Paper 45690, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Corruption; Bangladesh; Readymade Garment Industry; Factory Fires; Cournot Competition;

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    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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