Balancing Acts

Toward a Fair Bargain on Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Monica L. Heppel
Release Date: August 1, 1999

The authors of this monograph take a hard look at the complicated issue of perishable-crop agriculture and its workforce. They offer a number of suggestions for retaining the robust competitiveness of the industry while dramatically improving the working conditions of those whose labor is an important factor in its success. Among their recommendations are ways to guarantee the agriculture sector a legal supply of labor in return for improved conditions for those workers.


Demetrios G. Papademetriou is the president and cofounder of the Migration Policy Institute.  He is also the cofounder and chair emeritus of Metropolis:  An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities. Monica L. Heppel is Research Director of the Inter-American Institute on Migration and Labor.