Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy

TitleOut of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPowell, Benjamin
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityNew York
Keywordsanti-sweatshop movement, low-wage workers, sweatshops, third world, working conditions

This book provides a comprehensive defense of third-world sweatshops. It explains how these sweatshops provide the best available opportunity to workers and how they play an important role in the process of development that eventually leads to better wages and working conditions. Using economic theory, the author argues that much of what the anti-sweatshop movement has agitated for would actually harm the very workers they intend to help by creating less desirable alternatives and undermining the process of development. Nowhere does this book put "profits" or "economic efficiency" above people. Improving the welfare of poorer citizens of third world countries is the goal, and the book explores which methods best achieve that goal. Out of Poverty will help readers understand how activists and policy makers can help third world workers.