In Praise of Sweatshops

by Don Boudreaux on January 16, 2009

in Complexity & Emergence, Reality Is Not Optional

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is consistently excellent on the topic of sweatshops in poor countries.  Here's the ending of yesterday's column:

Look, I know that Americans have a hard time accepting that sweatshops can help
people. But take it from 13-year-old Neuo Chanthou, who earns a bit
less than $1 a day scavenging in the dump. She’s wearing a “Playboy”
shirt and hat that she found amid the filth, and she worries about her
sister, who lost part of her hand when a garbage truck ran over her.

“It’s dirty, hot and smelly here,” she said wistfully. “A factory is better.”


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