Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-188) and index.
Foreign direct investment in low-wage, low-skill activities
Improving the treatment of workers at the bottom by providing a path up from below
Core standards for the treatment of workers around the world
WTO-based enforcement of core labor standards
Voluntary mechanisms for improving the treatment of workers
Using foreign investment to shape host-country development
The impact of outward investment on the home economy of the investor.
Images of sweatshop labour in developing countries have rallied opponents of globalization against foreign direct investment (FDI). The controversy is most acute over the treatment of low-skilled workers producing garments, footwear, toys and sports equipment in foreign-owned plants or the plants of subcontractors. Activists cite low wages, poor working conditions and a variety of economic, physical and sexual abuses among the negative consequences of the globalization of industry. This volume examines the impact of FDI in manufacturing on growth and welfare in developing countries, and explores how host governments can take advantage of the contributions of foreign investment while avoiding hazards to lower-skilled workers. (source: Nielsen Book Data)