Will the Real Murderer Please Stand Up? Transnational Corporations and the Violation of Human Rights, Homicide or Cancer?

Rebecca S. Katz, Morehead State University
Greg Goldey, Morehead State University
Paul J. Becker, Morehead State University

The presence of economically and politically powerful transnational corporate industries disproportionately affects poor minority communities as well as third world nationa. The effects of transnational corporate behavior include resource deprivation, pollution, and economic inequality. Air, water, and ground pollution have been linked to a variety of health problems including increased rates of cancer. And in the United States cancer mortality rates are higher among whites and blacks of all ages than homicide rates (National Health Statistis, 1999). We expect that a similar relationship will exist in a variety of other nations. This work compares the cancer mortality and homicide rates among European Union nations, and nations participating in North American Free Trade Association to third world developing nations. Independent variables utilized in the analysis will include the presence or absence of strutural adjustment programs, transnational corporations, international environmental regulations, and IMF strutural adjustment programs. Control variales will include a variety of social, political, and economic, variables known to increase traditional homicide rates. We anticipate that among developing nations the implementation of NAFTA policies and structural adjustment programs will prohibit economic growth and will result in increased pollution and cancer mortality rates compared to similiar rates among Euopean Union nations.

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