Sweatshops and third world living standards: Are the jobs worth the sweat?

Sweatshops and third world living standards: Are the jobs worth the sweat? Many studies have shown that multinational firms pay more than domestic firms in Third World countries. Economists who criticize sweatshops have responded that multinational firms’ wage data do not address whether sweatshop jobs are above average because many of these jobs are with domestic subcontractors. We compare apparel industry wages and the wages of individual firms accused of being sweatshops to measures of the standard of living in Third World economies. We find that most sweatshop jobs provide their workers an above average standard of living. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Labor Research Springer Journals

Sweatshops and third world living standards: Are the jobs worth the sweat?

Journal of Labor Research, Volume 27 (2) – Jul 27, 2006

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0195-3613
eISSN
1936-4768
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12122-006-1006-z
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Abstract

Many studies have shown that multinational firms pay more than domestic firms in Third World countries. Economists who criticize sweatshops have responded that multinational firms’ wage data do not address whether sweatshop jobs are above average because many of these jobs are with domestic subcontractors. We compare apparel industry wages and the wages of individual firms accused of being sweatshops to measures of the standard of living in Third World economies. We find that most sweatshop jobs provide their workers an above average standard of living.

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Journal of Labor ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 27, 2006

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