The Apparel Industry: Jordan’s Comparative Advantage in International Trade

30 Jan 2013

Jordan may be above the level of economic development at which an apparel industry normally emerges. That is, a skill mismatch may exist between Jordan’s current human capital endowment and the requirements of the apparel industry. The possible marginal economic viability of the Jordanian export apparel industry has been offered as a reason to resist improvements in working conditions.

In this research paper George Domat, Benjamin Glass and Drusilla Brown of Tufts University analyse the current structure of Jordan’s garment industry and considers whether Jordan has a long term comparative advantage that supports the industry’s sustainability and justifies continued improvements in compliance with labour standards.


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