The case againts labour standards in the world trade organization

This paper critically explores the cases for and against the inclusion of core
labour standards in the World Trade Organization (WTO). First, it focuses on
why the issue of social dumping has recently entered the public debate in
advanced countries. It then analyzes the economic impact that the inclusion
of such standards would have in both developed and developing countries,
focusing specifically on its implications for child labor. The paper argues that
the WTO is not the best institution to deal with labor standards. Moreover, it
explains why regulating this issue will directly damage developing countries
growth and development prospects. Finally, it explores alternative solutions to
deal with this global problem, both inside and outside the WTO.
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