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Toward a Low Wage World: The Development and Limitation of Taiwan' Labor Regime(1980s~2010s)
Journal of International Politics and Economics (2013)
  • Wei-yi Chang
  • Chih-lung Huang
Abstract
This article tries to explain why Taiwan’s labor regime has fallen into a low wage environment. A review of literature shows that existing studies consider only the elements of state, capital, labor, or the social environment to explain the low wage within different historical stages. But the literature to date could not answer the question as for why Taiwan’s labor wage did not increase with economic growth after 2000s. In order to bridge the gap, the legislation and amendment of related labor laws from 1980s to 2010s was explored through the perspective of historical institutionalism. It was found that the labor regime in Taiwan limited the reform idea of state, labor and capital, and produced the phenomena of path dependence.
Keywords
  • labor regime,
  • path dependence,
  • state,
  • labor,
  • capital
Publication Date
December, 2013
Publisher Statement
Published
Citation Information
Wei-yi Chang and Chih-lung Huang. "Toward a Low Wage World: The Development and Limitation of Taiwan' Labor Regime(1980s~2010s)" Journal of International Politics and Economics Vol. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chihlung_huang/10/