Sweatshop Working Conditions and Employee Welfare: Say it Ain't Sew

Comparative Economics Studies, Volume 55, Issue 2 (June 2013)

Posted: 12 Nov 2014

See all articles by J. R. Clark

J. R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This study surveys workers at two firms accused of being sweatshops by the National Labor Committee. We find that the wages and working conditions are superior to the workers’ prior employment. The mix of compensation between wages and working conditions reflects employee preferences and employees found their conditions less satisfactory when a firm capitulated to activist demands.

Keywords: Sweatshops, Working Conditions, Compensating Differentials

JEL Classification: J81, J33, O54, Z1

Suggested Citation

Clark, Jeff R. and Powell, Benjamin, Sweatshop Working Conditions and Employee Welfare: Say it Ain't Sew (June 2013). Comparative Economics Studies, Volume 55, Issue 2 (June 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2522494

Jeff R. Clark (Contact Author)

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( email )

Department of Economics
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Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
United States

Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute ( email )

Box 45059
Lubbock, TX 79409-5059
United States
806.742.7138 (Phone)
806.742.1854 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.fmi.ttu.edu

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409
United States
806.834.3097 (Phone)
806.742.1854 (Fax)

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