The Adoption of Labor Standards Conventions: Who, When and Why?

46 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2001

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Nancy H. Chau

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 2001

Abstract

The ratification of ILO Labour Standards Conventions is a key explanatory variable in the empirical literature linking labor standards to economic performance. The assumption is that ratification gives information about labor standards implemented in a country. This Paper investigates the determinants of ratification directly and, indirectly, the determinants of labor standards. We find considerable variation across different Conventions, and across developing and developed countries. But there are some systematic and interesting patterns. While economic variables such as per capita income do not explain ratification, legal systems do. Most interestingly, for some Conventions, even after controlling for basic economic characteristics and domestic legal institutions, we find that peer effects are in play: the probability of adopting an international standard depends on how many other countries in a peer group have already adopted that standard.

Keywords: Labor standards, legal systems, peer effects, ratification of ILO conventions

JEL Classification: F16, J58

Suggested Citation

Chau, Nancy H. and Kanbur, Ravi, The Adoption of Labor Standards Conventions: Who, When and Why? (August 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2904. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=280897

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