International Trade

Alessandro Cigno and Furio Camillo Rosati

in The Economics of Child Labour

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199264452
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602511 | DOI:
International Trade

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Brings theoretical arguments and empirical evidence to the effect that international trade may reduce child labour in countries endowed with a comparatively well educated labour force, and increase it elsewhere. Lowering trade barriers can thus help reduce child labour only if educational and other policies have created the right initial conditions. An international ban on goods produced with child labour can be effective if it is applied on a multilateral basis, and accompanied by compensatory payments to the countries exporting such goods.

Keywords: child labour; globalization; labour standards; skill endowments; skill premia

Chapter.  5382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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