Should Sweatshops Be Abolished?

1214 WordsMar 31, 20175 Pages
Should Sweatshops Be Abolished? Nowadays, due to globalization, sweatshops have become inevitable in developing countries and they are a very controversial topic all around the globe. Sweatshops are factories that garment companies use mostly in third world countries to produce their products and sell them at a very low price in developed countries. Workers in sweatshops work long hours, receive low or no wages at all, sometimes don’t even have bathroom breaks, they are exposed to health risks and verbal or physical abuse (Estelle, 2015). Some workers in sweatshops have even claimed to be beaten, tortured, and sexually harassed in occasions (Australian Broadcast Network, 2013). The aim of this essay is to analyze if sweatshops are in fact…show more content…
Moreover, the position some economists as Benjamin Powell take is very unsettling for others, since he strongly defends sweatshops. Powell is a respected economist, director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is also a senior fellow with the Independent Institute and the North American editor of the Review of Austrian Economics (The Freeman, 2014), and author of several books and articles. He does not only defends sweatshops but assures that the developing countries need even more, since eventually they will help to break the cycle of poverty. According to Powell, this process of development in Britain lasted about 150 years during the Industrial Revolution when people left farming to take jobs in factories. Powell states that the process will go as follows, when companies open sweatshops they are bringing technology and physical capital with them. Eventually, with better technology and more capital workers will raise the productivity, which over time will raise their wages and living standards. This means that as more sweatshops open, employees will have more alternatives to work in, and this will raise the amount of money a firm must bid to hire them. Powell is also sure that since there is better technology and more capital nowadays than ever before, development in these countries can happen a lot faster than it did in the past (Powell, 2008). However, what this means for the workers is that they are
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