This paper attempts to excavate empirical evidence about
trade and labor standards by focusing on the Korean case. It
would be worthwhile to concentrate on Korea because of its role
as a model of development for many developing countries. Korea
has successfully achieved rapid economic growth through access
to the world market. Also, Korea is also considered a good
example of a country which has "pulled" its labor standards
through the rapid expansion of labor demand.
Section 2 discusses why Korea fails to follow international
standards particularly with respect to freedom of association and
collective bargaining. Empirical findings about labor market
performance and its implications to trade and labor standards are
reported in section 3. Section 4 further investigates how to
internationally promote core labor standards. Section 5 contains
brief concluding remarks.