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The China Road

The China Road Work and Inequal It y In the Global economy: c h In a, mex Ic o, and the u n It ed State S by Ian r obinson The Ca hin Rado Why China Is Beating Mexico in the Competition for U.S. Markets In 1998, China and Mexico had the same share of U.S. apparel imports: 13 percent each. By 2008, Mexico’s share had fallen to 6 percent, while China’s had increased to 34 percent. This was a stunning contrast with the previous decade (1989-1998) when Mexico’s share of U.S. imports quadrupled from 3 percent, while China’s share rose by just one percentage W po h in y t. did Mexico do so well against Chinese competition in the than China’s, though only about one tenth of first decade and so badly in the second? U.S. wages? If so, then the race to the bot- tom (RTB) argument applies to competition Critics of neoliberal globalization, myself among countries in the global South as well included, have argued that suppressing worker as to North-South competition. Many firms, rights is a powerful—though ultimately self- government officials, and media pundits in destructive—source of international competi- Mexico make this argument. So does the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

The China Road

New Labor Forum , Volume 19 (3): 6 – Oct 1, 2010

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SAGE
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© 2010 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
ISSN
1095-7960
eISSN
1557-2978
DOI
10.4179/NLF.193.0000009
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Work and Inequal It y In the Global economy: c h In a, mex Ic o, and the u n It ed State S by Ian r obinson The Ca hin Rado Why China Is Beating Mexico in the Competition for U.S. Markets In 1998, China and Mexico had the same share of U.S. apparel imports: 13 percent each. By 2008, Mexico’s share had fallen to 6 percent, while China’s had increased to 34 percent. This was a stunning contrast with the previous decade (1989-1998) when Mexico’s share of U.S. imports quadrupled from 3 percent, while China’s share rose by just one percentage W po h in y t. did Mexico do so well against Chinese competition in the than China’s, though only about one tenth of first decade and so badly in the second? U.S. wages? If so, then the race to the bot- tom (RTB) argument applies to competition Critics of neoliberal globalization, myself among countries in the global South as well included, have argued that suppressing worker as to North-South competition. Many firms, rights is a powerful—though ultimately self- government officials, and media pundits in destructive—source of international competi- Mexico make this argument. So does the

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Published: Oct 1, 2010

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