OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers

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ISSN: 
1815-1981 (online)
DOI: 
10.1787/18151981
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market and social policy studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.
 

International Trade and Core Labour Standards

A Survey of the Recent Literature You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Drusilla K. Brown
04 Oct 2000
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No.:
43
Pages:
65
DOI: 
10.1787/677200103808

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical review of the current debate and recent literature on several aspects of international core labor standards. We attempt to address two basic issues. One strand of the literature examines the role that international trade plays in mediating international differences in wages, levels of development, labor law and cultural practices. In this context, we examine the theory and evidence concerning the impact of differing labor standards for international trade and whether such trade has implications for the income distribution in OECD countries. We also consider the impact of heterogeneous cross-country labor standards and practices for legal institutions relating to labor standards and industrial relations. In particular, we are interested in whether cross-country differences in labor standards must inevitably give rise to a race to the bottom in labor protections and what any consequent decline in standards might imply for broader ...

 
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