Reaction Essay #2

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The assignment is to write a reaction essay after reading the following two academic articles:

Skarbek, et. al. on working conditions in sweatshops:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1536-7150.2012.00827.x/full

Powell and Skarbek on wages in sweatshops:

http://www.benjaminwpowell.com/scholarly-publications/journal-articles/sweatshops-and-third-world-living-standards.pdf

Questions to focus on:

1. Which economic concepts can be used to better understand sweatshops and manufacturing in the developing world?

2. How could domestic policy improve outcomes for workers in sweatshops?

3. How could domestic policy harm workers in sweatshops?

4. Do international protests help or harm sweatshop workers?

Your response should not exceed 2000 words, and should be at least 1250 words.

Extra resources:

Krugman on sweatshops: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_dismal_science/1997/03/in_praise_of_cheap_labor.html

Kristof on sweatshops: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15kristof.html

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Outline

Introduction
Body
Conclusion
References


Running head: SWEATSHOPS AND THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

Is Sweatshops regressive or degressive?
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SWEATSHOPS AND THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

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Introduction
In the current situation where production to meet the demand in the market seems to be
expensive to the manufacturers, there has been an emergence of the need to look for cheap labor.
The availability of this labor is made available by several factors but major among them being
the lack of an alternative. The Third World and the developing countries are the primary targets
where cheap labor is sought and easily got. However, it is important to acknowledge that, in as
much as they seem to deplore, they offer the only alternative to the locals. Sweatshops become
the term used to refer to the factories which offer cheap labor with low wages and unfavorable
working conditions (Wong, 2013). The need to lower the production cost while maximizing the
production gives the platform for the sweatshops to thrive.
Those who offer opportunities in forms of sweatshops do so without employing the labor
laws which would ensure that the workers are protected and their rights respected. According to
(Kristof, 2009), the misery people go through make force them to hire themselves out in the
sweatshops in order to make the ends meet. The minimum that each individual gets defines what
is there for him or her to live for. The conditions make the affected individuals wish for a better
working condition despite the difference being very minimal. This would be less dangerous and
pleasant. For him, even if the conditions are not plausible, so long as they pro...

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