The Effect That Sweatshops Have On The Economy

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Jonathan Gelin 6/27/10 English 101 cal Dr. O’Connor

The effects that sweatshops have on the economy
In recent discussions of economics, a controversial issue has been whether sweatshops should be shut down in foreign countries. On one hand, some argue that sweat shop labor should cease to exist in foreign countries because of the poor conditions in which these employees work in including the following; working 10 hours a day seven days a week for less than a dollar an hour, being denied vacation time and bathroom privileges and being required to work when sick and or injured. On the other hand, some argue that sweatshops should be shut down because a lot of American jobs are being out sourced to foreigners due to American companies building more sweat shops in third world countries. My own view is that sweat shops should not be shut down in foreign country because our economy, as well as theirs, depends on this cheap labor. Common sense seems to dictate that if a company supports sweatshops, the best way to go against them is to boycott their products or protest until they get their point(s) across. However, many Americans don't understand the delicate balance of foreign economies. According to an article posted in the New York Times titled China, the Sweatshop. The gross domestic product per person trebled over the last 10 years, to $7,200. Furthermore, the share of the population living on less than a dollar a day fell to 16 percent in 2005, from 36 percent in 1999. This shows that sweatshops are actually improving the overall economy of china and helping to lift the Chinese citizen out of poverty If we become more successful at eliminating sweatshops in foreign countries then thousands of people in these nations will lose their jobs. Some may argue that’s...
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