Nothing Essay

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AB204-03 July 17, 2012 page 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? “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. Which parts are normative statements? “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. b. Would such a policy make some Americans better off without making any other Americans worse off? Explain who and why. I think the change would have a negative effect on American workers. Stopping imports would give American workers nothing to compare their work against and their work production may decrease. c. Would low-wage Asian workers benefit from or be hurt by such a policy and why? I think they would be hurt from the policy because there would be job cuts and probably pay cuts. http://seeingredinchina.com/2011/03/02/how-much-does-a-chinese-factory-worker-make/ 2. Referring to the same situation in question 1, but instead of legislation banning the imports, assume that the government enacts a special tax on imported clothing that is so high that the selling price of the imports would be equal to the selling price of the same clothing made in

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