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Matthias Busse
 
''Comparative Advantage, Trade and Labour Standards''
( 2002, Vol. 6 No.2 )
 
 
This paper empirically explores the relationship between labour standards and comparative advantage. Focusing on unskilled-labour-intensive goods and core labour standards, the results show that the effects of low standards depend on the type of standard: Weaker basic union rights are associated with a stronger comparative advantage. Forced and child labour also lead to an increase in the endowment of unskilled labour, and hence improve comparative advantage in unskilled-labour-intensive goods the opposite occurs with discrimination against females.
 
 
Keywords:
JEL: F1 - Trade: General
 
Manuscript Received : Mar 21 2002 Manuscript Accepted : May 09 2002

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