International Trade and Employment in Labour-Intensive Sectors in Iran
By Zahra Karimi | November 20, 2007
The results of the survey which was conducted about carpet-weavers in Kashan show that harsh international competition in conquering hand-woven carpet markets has reduced real wages of carpet-weavers and has restructured the labour force of the industry in Iran. The middle income families, who were involved in carpet-weaving for long time, have left the industry and Afghan immigrant workers increasingly substitute Iranian weavers. Iran's share in international hand-woven carpet markets would be lower, if low-paid women Afghan workers were not concentrated in Iran hand-woven carpet industry.
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