The effects of regional trade agreements with labor clauses will be the subject of a seminar that economist Isao Kamata will give Tuesday, November 5, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.
In response to growing domestic and international concerns about the impact of globalization on working conditions, countries are more frequently including in regional trade agreements provisions that require or urge them to commit to improving or not lowering labor standards in the signatory countries. Kamata will discuss the effects of a labor-clause inclusive regional trade agreements on observed labor standards in the member economies as well as the agreement's impacts on trade between the member economies.
Kamata researches and teaches international trade and trade policy. Prior to his doctoral work, he served with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation where he was engaged in various development aid projects in Vietnam, Laos and other Southeast Asian countries.