BU204_02 _Barnes_Charity_ Unit2

BU204_02 _Barnes_Charity_ Unit2 - Page |1 Macroeconomics:...

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P a g e | 1 Macroeconomics: Unit 2 BU204-02 By: Charity Barnes April 5, 2011
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P a g e | 2 1. A representative of the American clothing industry recently made the following statement: “Workers in Asia often work in sweatshop conditions earning only pennies an hour. American workers are more productive and as a result earn higher wages. In order to preserve the dignity of the American workplace, the government should enact legislation banning imports of low-wage Asian clothing.” Answer the following: (10 points) a. Which parts of this quote are positive statements? Which parts are normative statements? “Workers in Asia often work in sweatshop conditions earning only pennies an hour.” is a positive statement because research can be done and it can be legitimately proven or otherwise. According to allheadlinenews.com, campaigners against Asian sweatshops exploited a number of businesses for paying workers less than $90 per month to work through the night to get orders ready to ship to Britain. Some workers would work an extra 140 hours a month and not receive adequate overtime pay (Hernandez, 2011). ‘American workers are more productive and as a result earn higher wages’ is a positive statement. Livingeconomics.org states ‘The Asian labor of today uses the same technology as American labor, and that means Asian workers are just as productive as US workers’ disproving the previous statement that American workers are more productive and therefore make better wages. ‘In order to preserve the dignity of
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