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Title: Is Bonded Labor Voluntary? A Framework against Forced Work
Authors: Villanger, Espen
Keywords: Coercion
Dept slavery
Bonded labor
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 2006: 7
Abstract: UN estimate that 20 million are held in bonded labor. Several economic analyses assert that bonded laborers accept these contracts voluntarily, which could imply that a ban would make such laborers worse off. We question the voluntariness of bonded labor, and present a mechanism that keeps workers trapped. With different types of landlords not revealed to the laborer, we show how some landlords manipulate contract terms so that the laborer becomes bonded. Enforcement mechanisms and the monopolistic market for credit thus play a joint role. Providing alternative sources of credit, offer proper conflict resolution institutions over labor-contract disputes and banning could emancipate bonded labor, which would make them better off.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/57
ISBN: 82-8062-146-6
ISSN: 0804-3639
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