Bad Work or No Work? The Ethics and Economics of Chinese Female Labor in FDI-Industries

  • Solveig Baylor Georgetown University
Keywords: China, FDI, Foreign Direct Investment, Ethics, Gender


Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been an important tool for developing countries to thrive in the globalized economy. The exploitation of desperate, unskilled labor around the world has complicated the seemingly flawless opportunity of FDI. China presents an interesting ethical and economic case. It is the developing world’s largest recipient of FDI while millions have been lifted out of poverty. Simultaneously, Chinese culture and political goals of gaining power have reverted workplace gender equality norms and prioritized profits over people. An economic investigation and ethical analysis suggest a reevaluation of international investment priorities.