International Labor Standards: History, Theory, and Policy Options

International Labor Standards: History, Theory, and Policy Options

Editor(s): Kaushik Basu, Henrik Horn, Lisa Román, Judith Shapiro

Published Online: 11 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405105552

Online ISBN: 9780470754818

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754818

About this Book

This book addresses the controversial call for international labor standards, seeking to productively further this debate by considering the economic implications and history of these standards. A result of an initiative by Professor Kaushik Basu in his capacity as member of the Expert Group of Development Issues (EGDI) sponsored by the Swedish Foreign Ministry, the contributions are based on discussions at a seminar held in Stockholm in August 2001. Compiling the best research in the field, this book provides a solid basis for policy decisions, while also serving as a challenging text for students in trade, development, and labor economics.


  • Analyzes the economic implications and history of international labor standards.
  • Productively furthers the debate about intervening with international labor standardsStems from a seminar organized through the Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI), sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction

    1. Introduction (pages 1–6)

      Kaushik Basu, Henrik Horn, Lisa Román and Judith Shapiro

  2. Part II: The Evolution of Labor Standards

  3. Part III: The Theory of International Labor Standards

  4. Part IV: The Issue of Child Labor

  5. Part V: The International Organization and Enforcement of Labor Standards

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