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Asia’s Race to Capture Post-MFA Markets: A Snapshot of Labor Standards, Compliance, and Impacts on Competitiveness. Asian Development Review, Vol. 23(1), pp. 55-86

dc.contributor.authorYana van der Meulen Rodgers
dc.contributor.authorGünseli Berik
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-24T13:14:45Z
dc.date.available2015-01-24T13:14:45Z
dc.date.issued2006-03-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1711
dc.description.abstractLabor regulations designed to protect workers, promote workplace equality, and improve working conditions achieve social objectives and affect international competitiveness. Considering these dual outcomes has taken on added urgency as Asian economies adjust to an increase in global competition in textiles and clothing following the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement, with large projected gains for the People’s Republic of China and potential losses for other Asian producers. Countries that stand to lose from the MFA phaseout face low cost and high quality production from the People’s Republic of China, whose competitive threat lies in its extremely poor compliance record with its own and international labor standards. Yet empirical evidence generally supports the argument that the costs of raising and enforcing labor standards are offset by dynamic efficiency gains and macroeconomic effects. This evidence supports the case for Asian economies to pursue the “high road” in their race to capture post-MFA markets in textiles and clothing.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.relation.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.titleAsia’s Race to Capture Post-MFA Markets: A Snapshot of Labor Standards, Compliance, and Impacts on Competitiveness. Asian Development Review, Vol. 23(1), pp. 55-86
dc.typeJournals
dc.subject.adbCompetitiveness
dc.subject.adbLabor
dc.subject.adbInternational competition
dc.subject.adbMacroeconomic
dc.subject.adbEconomy
dc.subject.adbGlobal Development
dc.title.seriesAsian Development Review
dc.title.volumeVolume 23, Number 1, pp. 55-86
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeEconomics
oar.themeIndustry
oar.identifierOAR-002469
oar.authorRodgers, Yana van der Meulen
oar.authorBerik, Günseli
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    The Asian Development Review (ADR) is a professional journal for disseminating the results of economic and development research relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Since 1983, the ADR has been an important part of the history of the Asian Development Bank and its mission to reduce poverty across Asia and the Pacific.

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