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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Legal Causes of Labor Market Power in the U.S. Agriculture Sector

The Legal Causes of Labor Market Power in the U.S. Agriculture Sector

 

Candice Yandam Riviere

University of Chicago - Law School; Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CES)

Abstract

Recent developments in law and economics have shown that labor market power is a pervasive antitrust issue contributing to earnings inequality and slower growth. In the agriculture sector, workers—and especially H-2A temporary agricultural workers—have consistently suffered from low, stagnating wages and poor working conditions. This paper evaluates the extent of labor market power in the agriculture sector and how conflicting antitrust law and immigration policy norms exacerbate labor monopsony.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2021/06/the-legal-causes-of-labor-market-power-in-the-us-agriculture-sector.html

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