International Labor Standards: History, Theory, and Policy Options

International Labor Standards: History, Theory, and Policy Options

2003 | 348 Pages | ISBN: 1405105550 | PDF | 2 MB

This book addresses the controversial call for international labor standards, seeking to productively further this debate by considering the economic implications and history of these standards. A result of an initiative by Professor Kaushik Basu in his capacity as member of the Expert Group of Development Issues (EGDI) sponsored by the Swedish Foreign Ministry, the contributions are based on discussions at a seminar held in Stockholm in August 2001. Compiling the best research in the field, this book provides a solid basis for policy decisions, while also serving as a challenging text for students in trade, development, and labor economics. Analyzes the economic implications and history of international labor standards. Productively furthers the debate about intervening with international labor standardsStems from a seminar organized through the Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI), sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Content: Chapter 1 The History and Political Economy of International Labor Standards (pages 8-83): Stanley L. EngermanChapter 1.1 Commentary: The Parallels Between the Past and the Present (pages 84-98): Jane HumphriesChapter 1.2 Commentary: Legislation Versus Bargaining Power: The Evolution of Scandinavian Labor Standards (pages 99-104): Karl?Ove Moene and Michael WallersteinChapter 2 The Impact of International Labor Standards: A Survey of Economic Theory (pages 106-181): Nirvikar SinghChapter 2.1 Commentary: Old Wine in New Bottles? (pages 182-186): T. N. SrinivasanChapter 2.2 Commentary: Governing Labor Relations (pages 106-181): Tore EllingsenChapter 3 Child Labor: Theory, Evidence, and Policy (pages 194-247): Drusilla K. Brown, Alan V. Deardorff and Robert M. SternChapter 3.1 Commentary: The Political Economy of Child Labor (pages 248-255): Alan B. KruegerChapter 3.2 Commentary: Social Norms, Coordination, and Policy Issues in the Fight Against Child Labor (pages 256-269): Luis?Felipe Lopez?CalvaChapter 4 A Role for the WTO (pages 272-308): Robert W. StaigerChapter 4.1 Commentary: Trade and Labor Standards: To Link or Not to Link? (pages 309-313): L. Alan WintersChapter 4.2 Commentary: The Need to Micro?Manage Regulatory Diversity (pages 314-325): Petros C. Mavroidis


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