Abolishing Child Labor: Some Overlooked Ethical Issues

11 Pages Posted: 22 May 2016

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Robert W. McGee

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting

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Date Written: May 20, 2016

Abstract

In preparation for the 1998 soccer World Cup, France banned the use of soccer balls made with child labor. As a result of that ban, Baden Sports, the company that supplied the soccer balls, closed down its Pakistani soccer ball operations, which used child labor, and moved production to China, where adult labor was employed. Many of the children who lost their jobs as a result of that decision became prostitutes or beggars. This paper discusses what ethical principles should be applied when determining whether child labor should be abolished or regulated.

Keywords: child labor, boycotts, Pakistan, soccer balls, prostitution, ethics, labor law, utilitarian ethics, rights theory, Bastiat

JEL Classification: A2,D23,D62,D63,F16,F66,J2,J82,K31,D01,D03,D7,D86,E24,F1,J63,J65,K12,L6,D6,D46,F53,B13,B4

Suggested Citation

McGee, Robert W., Abolishing Child Labor: Some Overlooked Ethical Issues (May 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2782715 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2782715

Robert W. McGee (Contact Author)

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Fayetteville, NC 28301
United States

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