Trade and Labor Standards

University of Michigan WP 394

39 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 1998

See all articles by Drusilla K. Brown

Drusilla K. Brown

Tufts University - Department of Economics

Alan V. Deardorff

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Robert M. Stern

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

There is a wide disparity of views on issues of international labor standards. The purpose of this paper is to explore these different views and the available options for addressing the issues involved. We conclude that there is no convincing case for incorporating labor standards into the WTO and into U.S. trade agreements. The surest way to improve labor standards is instead for the United States and other industrialized countries to maintain open markets and to encourage the growth of their developing country trading partners. Steps should also be taken to support the activities of the International Labour Organization to provide inducements and technical assistance to help developing countries raise their labor standards.

JEL Classification: F10, F14, J21

Suggested Citation

Brown, Drusilla K. and Deardorff, Alan V. and Stern, Robert M., Trade and Labor Standards (1997). University of Michigan WP 394, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=54042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.54042

Drusilla K. Brown

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