Life Pop Economics
posted by June 29 at 12:40 PMon
Steven E. Landsberg, Slate columnist and author of More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics, holds this as truth:
The problem with the Western idea of eliminating sweatshops is that it only eliminates one of the few options people in intense poverty have. They can either send their children to sweatshops to work, or send their children to bed hungry. This level of child labor existed in the US and Britain when those countries had the same level of poverty, and as our incomes rose, the level of child labor dropped proportionately—without the involvement of richer countries.
If this is true, it renders an entire pop cultural phenomenon misguided: