Globalization And Child Labor

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Child labor is most commonly associated with a negative connotation, with elements such as unskilled labor by very young children in very poor conditions. This is true to a certain extent, the labor laws in lesser developed countries are not very child favorable and are different than those in the United States of America. The global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children ( International Labor Organization). In the case of Pakistan, 3.3 million children(between the ages of 5 and 14) are economically active (International Trade 1). Child labor has a role in the global economy. The idea of a child working long hours in conditions is not very ideal and could go against someone 's morals. However, children who are in these conditions are there …show more content…
“Globalization may increase the employment and earnings opportunities available to poor households in developing countries.”(Edmonds). Also according to the article written by Eric V. Edmonds, a professor from Dartmouth College, globalization increases the influence of rich countries in the domestic policies of the developing world. This means that the materials created by children are traded and bought by other countries, allowing the overall development of a country to enhance. Globalization increases the ability of rich countries to influence policy in more poor nations. A recent study of child labor in Vietnam shows how trade policy could positively affect child labor. The study looked at the rice production in Vietnam and how the increase in rice prices directly correlated to an increase in wages for the workers;primarily children. “The study identifies severalways in which rise proce increases affect child labor. Both child and adult wages rise with the increased rise prices” (Edmonds). This correlation of expoitation, buying goods, creates a good pay wage for the employees of

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