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Labor Standards and Human Resources: A Natural Experiment in an Unlikely Laboratory

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Do international labor standards impede or facilitate industrial upgrading? The Dominican Republic (DR) offers a quasi-experimental answer. While the island nation?s policymakers responded to foreign pressure by adopting a new labor code in the 1990s, and thereby brought their laws and edicts into compliance with internationally recognized norms and standards, they allocated their enforcement resources unevenly, and thereby created a natural experiment. I analyze the experiment by examining qualitative and quantitative data collected in the Dominican Republic in 2004 and 2005. I find a positive relationship between the degree of labor law enforcement and the propensity to upgrade human resources across the DR?s 30 provinces net of other factors and I therefore suggest that qualified labor inspectors not only block the low road of sweated labor and despotic industrial relations but pave the high road of skill formation and human resource development as well.

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Schrank, Andrew. "Labor Standards and Human Resources: A Natural Experiment in an Unlikely Laboratory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA, Feb 28, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p180821_index.html>

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Schrank, A. , 2007-02-28 "Labor Standards and Human Resources: A Natural Experiment in an Unlikely Laboratory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA Online <PDF>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p180821_index.html

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Abstract: Do international labor standards impede or facilitate industrial upgrading? The Dominican Republic (DR) offers a quasi-experimental answer. While the island nation?s policymakers responded to foreign pressure by adopting a new labor code in the 1990s, and thereby brought their laws and edicts into compliance with internationally recognized norms and standards, they allocated their enforcement resources unevenly, and thereby created a natural experiment. I analyze the experiment by examining qualitative and quantitative data collected in the Dominican Republic in 2004 and 2005. I find a positive relationship between the degree of labor law enforcement and the propensity to upgrade human resources across the DR?s 30 provinces net of other factors and I therefore suggest that qualified labor inspectors not only block the low road of sweated labor and despotic industrial relations but pave the high road of skill formation and human resource development as well.

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Labor Standards and Human Resources: A Natural Experiment in an Unlikely Laboratory* Andrew Schrank Department of Sociology University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-0001 Tel: 505.277.1295 Email: schrank@unm.edu Draft: Not for circulation of citation Abstract: Do international labor standards impede or facilitate industrial upgrading? The Dominican Republic (DR) offers a quasi-experimental answer. While the island nation’s policymakers responded to foreign pressure by adopting a new labor code in the 1990s and thereby brought their laws and edicts into compliance
(.040) Constant 6.326* 5.464 6.848** (3.167) (3.412) (3.259) R2 .516 .523 * p ≤ .10; ** p ≤ .05; *** p ≤ .01; n = 30; Model 3 is estimated with small sample corrections and appears to meet the standard diagnostic tests for 2SLS including Hansen’s J statistic (.33; p = .56); Shea’s partial R2 (R2 = .306; F = 5.30; p = .012); and the F test from the first stage regression (F = 11.60; p = .0000).


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