EU Sources - Labour provisions and trade - August 31, 2016

An ILO-study, based on empirical analysis, concludes that there is no evidence at the cross-country macro-level to support the claim that implementation of labour provisions leads to a reduction or diversion of trade flows. Results show that, on average, trade agreements that contain labour provisions impact positively on labour force participation rates, bringing larger proportions of male and female working-age populations into the labour force and, particularly, increasing the female labour force. Besides and importantly, the study suggests that, for labour provisions to be effective they need to involve stakeholders, notably social partners.

English: http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news …

The report (also available in Spanish and French): http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public … 

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