What are the pros and cons to boycotts?

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I'd like to know what are the positive effects that boycotts induce in companies. As well as what some negative impacts of boycotts may be, such as in boycotts against child labor leading to no job for the children and therefore less income for the famillies. You mentionned some secondary effects of boycotts, how can someone out side of the company account for these to illustrate that a boycotts may actually have had more of a positive impact than previously accounted for?

-- Aurore d'Anselme (adanse@po-box.mcgill.ca), December 02, 2000

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