【经管院每周系列讲座第285期】Trade Liberalization and Child Labor in China

2016-02-29

Title: Trade Liberalization and Child Labor in China Speaker: Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China Host: Guochang Zhao, Associate professor, RIEM Time: 14:30-16:00, March 4, Friday Venue:  Yide building H511, Liulin Campus Abstract: This paper exploits a quasi-natural experiment, i.e., the U.S. granting of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to China after China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), to examine whether trade liberalization affects child labor in China. PNTR permanently set U.S. duties on Chinese imports at low NTR levels and removed the uncertainty associated with annual renewals of China's NTR status. We find that the PNTR was significantly associated with the rising incidence of child labor in China. One percentage point decrease in average export tariff raises the odds of child labor by 1.5 percentage points.   Keywords: trade liberalization; trade policy uncertainty; child labor; difference-in-differences; China

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