International labor standards and the political economy of child-labor regulation

Matthias Doepke*, Fabrizio Zilibotti

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Abstract

Child labor is a persistent phenomenon in many developing countries. In recent years, support has been growing among rich-country governments and consumer groups for the use of trade policies, such as product boycotts and the imposition of international labor standards, to reduce child labor in poor countries. In this paper, we discuss research on the long-run implications of such policies. In particular, we demonstrate that such measures may have the unintended side effect of lowering domestic support for banning child labor within developing countries, and thus may contribute to the persistence of the child-labor problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-518
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
Volume7
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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