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GTAP Resource #3598

"The Role of Labor Standards in International Trade: A CGE Approach"
by Narayanan, Badri and Terrie Walmsley

The debate on whether or not to impose labor standards in the international trading systems has a long history in the literature of social sciences. Some researchers argue for their need in order to ensure fair competition all over the world and better human rights in the developing world (Andrews, 1919; Wilson, 1933; Richardson, 1934; and Jenks, 1960), while others opined that they are unnecessary as domestic mechanisms are good enough to help evolve such standards (Windmuller, 1956). More recently, economists have been arguing for excluding this debate from the trade negotiations (Srinivasan, 1996), owing to lack of global consensus on such potentially trade-restrictive standards (Bhagwati, 1995), constraints in efficient co-ordination of trade and domestic policies (Ederington, 2001) and possible losses for the developing countries in terms of cost-competitiveness and consequently (Brown, 2001a).

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Category: 2011 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Venice, Italy
Date: 2011
Created: Narayanan, B. (4/15/2011)
Updated: Narayanan, B. (4/15/2011)
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- Labor market issues
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