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Fair Trade-Organic Coffee Cooperatives, Migration, and Secondary Schooling in Southern Mexico

  • Seth R. Gitter
  • Jeremy G. Weber
  • Bradford L. Barham
  • Mercedez Callenes
  • Jessa Lewis Valentine

We explore three trends in rural southern Mexico (Fair Trade coffee, migration, and conditional cash transfers) that could explain the rapid rise in education from 1995--2005 using survey data from 845 coffee farming households in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. Results from a household fixed-effects model show that household participation in a Fair Trade-organic cooperative contributed to about a 0.7 year increase in schooling for girls. US migration opportunities appear to have even stronger positive impacts on schooling for females. Although participation in Fair Trade-organic cooperatives appears also to have increased male schooling, increased migration opportunities have had an indeterminate effect for males.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 48 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 445-463

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:3:p:445-463
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