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The effects of Fair Trade on marginalised producers: an impact analysis on Kenyan farmers

Leonardo Becchetti () and Marco Costantino ()
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Leonardo Becchetti: Economics Department, University of Rome “Tor Vergata
Marco Costantino: FORMEZ, Rome

No 41, Working Papers from ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality

Abstract: We analyse the impact of Fair Trade (FT) affiliation on monetary and non monetary measures of well-being on a sample of Kenyan farmers. Our econometric findings document significant differences in terms of price satisfaction, monthly household food consumption, (self declared) income satisfaction, dietary quality and child mortality for Fair Trade and Meru Herbs (first level local producers organisation) affiliated with respect to a control sample. Methodological problems such as the FT vis à vis Meru Herbs relative contribution, control sample bias, FT and Meru Herb selection biases are discussed and addressed. After reconstructing the dynamics of human capital investment in the observed households we show that affiliation to the younger vintage FT project is associated to a significantly higher schooling investment.

Keywords: impact analysis; child labour; fair trade; monetary and non monetary wellbeing. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 O19 O22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2006
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-agr, nep-dev and nep-soc
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