Friday, September 27, 2013

          Professor Joel Paul to Testify Before Senate Subcommittee on "Social Dumping"

          Economists say imported goods produced in substandard conditions export social problems like child labor and unsafe working conditions to developing countries.

          Professor Joel Paul

          Professor Joel Paul

          Professor Joel Paul will testify Oct. 2, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy on what economists call “social dumping.”

          The hearing is designed to examine how to rebuild American manufacturing.

          Social dumping occurs when a country imports goods that were produced in sub-standard conditions. When countries like Bangladesh export goods to the United States, they are also exporting social problems like child labor, unsafe working conditions, and environmental degradation, Paul said in an interview prior to his testimony. “These imports compete against U.S. domestic products that are necessarily more expensive to produce because we require producers to internalize social costs like pollution or labor welfare,” he noted.

          “Where workers are not paid fair wages and are denied the right to collectively bargain, where they are forced to work in hazardous or inhumane conditions, or where production facilities do not meet minimal environmental standards, U.S. manufacturers at home or abroad that maintain good labor practices are disadvantaged,” he said.

          Paul will explain to lawmakers that by permitting social dumping in our market we “confer on foreign exporters an artificially constructed comparative advantage that distorts the market and hurts U.S. manufacturers and workers.” Foreign exporters, he said, should be required to meet basic labor and environmental standards established by international agreements. “We should use the existing mechanism for levying antidumping duties to impose duties against social dumping in order to create an incentive for exporting countries to raise regulatory standards.”

          The topic has been the subject of intense scrutiny since April 2013, when more than a thousand garment factory workers perished in the fire and collapse of a sweatshop outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. “This factory produced millions of dollars’ worth of garments for forty retailers around the globe, but it paid average wages of about one dollar per day for long hours in appalling and unsafe conditions,” Paul said.

          A full copy of Paul’s remarks, “Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Manufacturers,” will be available following the Oct. 2 hearing. The hearing takes place 2:30-4:30 PM in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. For additional information and witnesses, click here. The hearing will be carried on C-Span and the Committee's sites.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Thursday, January 18, 2018

          1L Cindy Muro Receives Scholarship for Domestic Violence Advocacy

          A survivor of abuse herself, Muro now strives to do everything in her power to help people help themselves and create a platform for individuals to be heard.
          Tuesday, January 09, 2018

          Annual Report 2017

          Including an overview of the College, highlights of financial operations, and contributions made to UC Hastings between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
          Monday, January 08, 2018

          How to Level Up in the Growing World of Video Game Law

          Brianna Howard ’16 is hitting the turbo button on her career by navigating the legal issues of esports, and augmented & virtual reality.
          Monday, January 08, 2018

          Leading end of life litigator Kathryn Tucker and End of Life Liberty Project find new academic base at UC Hastings

          Tucker founded the End of Life Liberty Project in 2015 as a program within the Disability Rights Legal Center.
          Thursday, January 04, 2018

          Thinkers & Doers: December 2017

          The “Tax Games” Paper – Are mugshot laws effective? – The end of demonizing women through ‘slut-shaming’ – “Judges shouldn’t get a pass just because they’re a judge” – #MeToo in the Courts – Discovering a connection to Israel from a bicycle seat – and much more
          Go to News Archive