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Title:International labor standards and the political economy of child labor regulation PDF Logo
Authors:Doepke, Matthias
Zilibotti, Fabrizio
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3742
Abstract:Child labor is a persistent phenomenon in many developing countries. In recent years, support has been growing among rich-country governments and consumer groups for the use of trade policies, such as product boycotts and the imposition of international labor standards, to reduce child labor in poor countries. In this paper, we discuss research on the long-run implications of such policies. In particular, we demonstrate that such measures may have the unintended side effect of lowering domestic support for banning child labor within developing countries, and thus may contribute to the persistence of the child-labor problem.
Subjects:Child labor
political economy
international labor standards
trade sanctions
JEL:J20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008111442
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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