Thursday, September 17, 2015

On Third World Sweatshops

From Benjamin Powell's impressive book. Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy:
Working in an average sweatshop in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras. Nicaragua and Vietnam raises a worker's income above the average of the country In fact, in Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua sweatshop workers earn more than twice the national average.
The small amount of pay they receive often represents a large improvement in their ability to feed, clothe, and shelter their families...In fact, a T-shirt could capture this point nicely. It would have a sweatshop worker on the front with a caption that says "She fed and clothed her family" and on the back of the shirt would read, "and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

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