Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Regional Trade Agreements with Labor Clauses: Effects on Labor Standards and Trade

The author examines regional trade agreements with "labor clauses" requiring or urging signatory countries to commit to a certain level of labor standards. He finds that intensive trade with the partner(s) of a labor-clause-inclusive regional trade agreements may boost labor earnings in middle-income countries, but that labor clauses may reduce the trade-promoting effect of the agreement especially for middle-income countries. Download U.S. letter size PDF

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  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2014-002
  • Author(s): Isao Kamata