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Child labour and consumer responsibility: an impact study

Leonardo Becchetti (), Stefano Castriota and Melania Michetti ()

No 103, Working Papers from ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality

Abstract: We evaluate the impact of fair trade (FT) affiliation on child labour on a sample of Chilean honey producers with a retrospective panel data approach. From a theoretical point of view we argue that, in the short run, FT acts, on both adult and child wages, as a pure income effect to which a productivity effect adds up in the medium run. The direction of the impact is therefore uncertain and requires empirical testing. Our econometric findings document a significant impact of affiliation years on child schooling after controlling for endogeneity and the heterogeneity between treatment and control sample.

Keywords: Fair Trade; child labor. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O19 O22 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2008
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