A race to the bottom is a competition between governments, regions, cities or companies to reduce standards, quality or protections.
Governments & CompaniesGovernments including regions and cities compete to attract companies. This gives firms power to lobby for reduced environmental or workplace regulations. In many industries, companies often end up in the country or region that has the least regulations leading to pollution havens, poor working conditions and a lack of consumer and investor protection.
Companies & ConsumersWhen consumers view a product as an undifferentiated commodity companies can compete only on price. This results in a race to the bottom in quality and production practices. When customers always choose the cheapest flight, airlines develop poor customer service. When customers don't care how an apple is produced, industrial agriculture has incentives to use harmful chemicals if it increases their yield.
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