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U.S. Trade and Other Policy Options and Programs to Deter Foreign Exploitation of Child Labor

Drusilla K. Brown, Alan V. Deardorff and Robert M. Stern

in Topics in Empirical International Economics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226060835
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226060859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226060859.003.0009
U.S. Trade and Other Policy Options and Programs to Deter Foreign Exploitation of Child Labor

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This chapter examines the exploitation of child labor in developing countries, an issue that has in recent years attracted considerable attention and debate in trade policy circles in the United States and elsewhere. It looks at family labor supply decisions in the context of an open economy and considers a number of policy options and programs for dealing with child labor exploitation. It first discusses the determinants of child labor and selected information on the global, national, and sectoral employment of children. It then describes the range of policies and programs used in the United States to help effect a reduction in foreign child labor. These include trade policies, economic and technical assistance provided through the International Labor Organization, supranational measures, codes of conduct for U.S. firms engaged in foreign production, and consumer labeling.

Keywords: child labor; United States; trade policies; open economy; exploitation; employment; technical assistance; codes of conduct; consumer labeling; supranational measures

Chapter.  12716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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