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

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

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    (Economics Department, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

  • Marco Costantino

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    (FORMEZ, Rome)

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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.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 41.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2006-41

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Keywords: impact analysis; child labour; fair trade; monetary and non monetary wellbeing;

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  1. Maseland, Robbert & Vaal, Albert de, 2001. "How fair is fair trade?," Research Report 01C48, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
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  1. Zanasi, Cesare & Paluan, Lorenzo, 2007. "Relationship between ethics and Fair Trade supply chain organisation and performance: the case of Italian Alternative Trade Organisations (ATO’s)," 105th Seminar, March 8-10, 2007, Bologna, Italy 7889, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Jess Bonnan-White & Andrea Hightower & Ameena Issa, 2013. "Of couscous and occupation: a case study of women’s motivations to join and participate in Palestinian fair trade cooperatives," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 337-350, September.
  3. Leonardo Becchetti & Stefano Castriota, 2008. "Is Fair Trade Honey Sweeter? An empirical analysis on the effect of affiliation on productivity," Working Papers 104, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  4. Brigitte Granville, 2009. "Trust In Fairtrade: The 'Feel-Good' Effect," Working Papers 27, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research.

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