Sweatshop working conditions and employee welfare: Say it ain't sew

J. R. Clark, Benjamin Powell

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This study surveys workers at two firms accused of being sweatshops by the National Labor Committee. We find that the wages and working conditions are superior to the workers' prior employment. The mix of compensation between wages and working conditions reflects employee preferences and employees found their conditions less satisfactory when a firm capitulated to activist demands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-357
Number of pages15
JournalComparative Economic Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • compensating differentials
  • sweatshops
  • working conditions


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