Sweatshops: Still Good

This is entirely unsurprising to anyone that’s followed the sweatshop debate for a while, but here’s more evidence that sweatshops are good:

We examined the apparel industry in 10 Asian and Latin American countries often accused of having sweatshops and then we looked at 43 specific accusations of unfair wages in 11 countries in the same regions. Our findings may seem surprising. Not only were sweatshops superior to the dire alternatives economists usually mentioned, but they often provided a better-than-average standard of living for their workers. [CSM]

Christian Science Monitor article here; academic paper here (pdf). Hat tip to Arnold Kling.

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