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A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union

In graphics: Britain’s referendum on EU membership: A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union | The Economist

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Poverty map of Old Nichol slum, East End of London, showing Bethnal Green Road, from Charles Booth’s Labour and Life of the People. Volume 1: East London (London: Macmillan, 1889).

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International Labor Organization (organization) The ILO is a UN agency that works to “shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.” The ILO website includes a variety of reports and other information on numerous topics, from child labor, forced labor, and working conditions, to green jobs, worker safety, and economic development.

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speech 2 Break It "I hardly need to belabour the point that our severely disabled children do not fit in at all in a society that measures value in economic terms. Our children are costly, labour intensive creatures with no possibility of ever ..."


The working classes had a thoroughly rotten time of it during the Industrial Revolution - or so history books maintain. The Industrial Revolution came as a tremendous boom to a lot of working people: they earned far more than they had done before, escaped lives of crushing poverty and for the first time began to exert some measure of control over their lives.

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UK Should Consider Brexit If EU Signs TTIP, Suggests Labour Economics Adviser

UK Should Consider Brexit If EU Signs TTIP, Suggests Labour Economics Adviser Joseph Stiglitz. Britain could be better off outside the European Union if the proposed free trade deal with the United States is signed, a senior Labour economic adviser has suggested. Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel P

How activism forced Nike to change its ethical game

Many large corporations have built factories in developing countries such as China, where they can get away with paying workers little to nothing for long working hours and harsh working conditions. One company that came under fire for sweatshops was Nike, who moved their factories from the US to Taiwan, Vietnam, China and South Korea to bypass US working regulations. Campaigns spread word about Nike’s child labour and unethical practices, damaging their reputation and forcing them to repair…

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The broken link: wages & productivity - Productivity is growing worldwide but wages are not keeping pace. That’s one of the conclusions of the Global Wage Report by the International Labour Organization. The report also confirms a continuing trend: employees in developing and emerging economies are earning more than they were before the global economic crisis began while workers in richer, developed countries are seeing their pay stagnate or even decline.

Taking care of farm animals: a common task for children who were too young to work in the fields or around a hot stove in the kitchen. It was also a great way to introduce kids to the economics of farm labour.

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The 13 women who transformed the world of economics

Joan Robinson (1903-1983) economics, labour economics, Keynesian

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