Demand-Driven Enforcement of Labor Law in Bangladesh
Weak states with poor institutions often lack the capacity to implement and/or to enforce labor regulations aimed at improving working conditions. Increasingly, private actors are enforcing labor standards in these countries, but the effects of their interventions on local firms and workers is unknown. Researchers are partnering with a set of multinational retail and apparel firms to enforce local labor laws among their suppliers in Bangladesh. Specifically, researchers are implementing a randomized evaluation to study the impact of introducing worker-manager safety committees in supplier establishments on factories’ compliance levels and productivity, as well as on workers’ welfare.