U.S. Free Trade Agreements and Enforcement of Labor Law in Latin America

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Sabina Dewan

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Lucas Ronconi

Centro de Investigación y Acción Social & CONICET

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Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

The paper provides difference‐in‐differences estimates suggesting that Latin American countries that signed a free trade agreement with the United States experienced an increase in the number of labor inspectors and inspections. We also find large heterogeneity across signers and no evidence that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had a positive impact on Mexico. We conclude by suggesting that the stringency of content of the accord and the resources devoted by the U.S. government to increase enforcement make a difference.

Suggested Citation

Dewan, Sabina and Ronconi, Lucas, U.S. Free Trade Agreements and Enforcement of Labor Law in Latin America (January 2018). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 57, Issue 1, pp. 35-56, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3090061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12199

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