Working Conditions, Work Outcomes, and Policy in Asian Developing Countries

42 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2016

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Raymond Robertson

Texas A&M University

Hongyang Di

Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics, Students

Drusilla K. Brown

Tufts University - Department of Economics

Rajeev H. Dehejia

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo

Date Written: September 28, 2016

Abstract

Developing country labor practices and the working conditions that result from them are both generally poor and increasingly drawing attention from governments, corporations, and the popular media. This review provides an introduction to some of the leading academic literature and ideas that are important for understanding the persistence of poor labor practices and possible policies to address these conditions. The literature is reviewed with the goal of moving from the root causes of poor conditions to innovative solutions. Several such solutions, such as the Better Work program, are discussed.

Keywords: apparel, personnel economics, working conditions

JEL Classification: F66, J8

Suggested Citation

Robertson, Raymond and Di, Hongyang and Brown, Drusilla K. and Dehejia, Rajeev H., Working Conditions, Work Outcomes, and Policy in Asian Developing Countries (September 28, 2016). NYU Wagner Research Paper No. 2856292; Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 497. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2856292 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2856292

Raymond Robertson (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University ( email )

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Hongyang Di

Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics, Students ( email )

College Station, TX 77843
United States

Drusilla K. Brown

Tufts University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Rajeev H. Dehejia

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

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