Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145159
Authors: 
Brown, Drusilla
Dehejia, Rajeev
Robertson, Raymond
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10025
Abstract: 
Working conditions in developing countries, such as those associated with the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, remain stubbornly low despite strict laws regulating hours, pay practices and occupational safety and health. Recent theoretic and empirical work suggests that norms and learning may play a significant role in determining conditions. We exploit the natural experiment of Cambodia's 15-year experience with the Better Factories Cambodia program to identify variation that reveals the relative contributions of laws, costs, norms, and learning in improving working conditions in Cambodia. The results suggest that policies that follow from the learning hypothesis may be the most effective at improving working conditions in the long run.
Subjects: 
working conditions
norms
personnel economics
JEL: 
F53
F66
J8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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