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Do international labor standards contribute to the persistence of the child-labor problem?


Doepke, Matthias; Zilibotti, Fabrizio (2010). Do international labor standards contribute to the persistence of the child-labor problem? Journal of Economic Growth, 15(1):1-31.

Abstract

In recent years, a number of governments and consumer groups in rich countries have tried to discourage the use of child labor in poor countries through measures such as product boycotts and the imposition of international labor standards. The purported objective of such measures is to reduce the incidence of child labor in developing countries and thereby improve children’s welfare. In this paper, we examine the effects of such policies from a political-economy perspective. We show that these types of international action on child labor tend to lower domestic political support within developing countries for banning child labor. Hence, international labor standards and product boycotts may delay the ultimate eradication of
child labor.

Abstract

In recent years, a number of governments and consumer groups in rich countries have tried to discourage the use of child labor in poor countries through measures such as product boycotts and the imposition of international labor standards. The purported objective of such measures is to reduce the incidence of child labor in developing countries and thereby improve children’s welfare. In this paper, we examine the effects of such policies from a political-economy perspective. We show that these types of international action on child labor tend to lower domestic political support within developing countries for banning child labor. Hence, international labor standards and product boycotts may delay the ultimate eradication of
child labor.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:March 2010
Deposited On:29 Mar 2010 12:19
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 02:01
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1381-4338
Additional Information:“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10887-009-9048-8

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