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Child labour and consumer responsibility: an impact study

  • Leonardo Becchetti

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

  • Stefano Castriota

    (University of Trento)

  • Melania Michetti

    (Fondazione Enrico Mattei)

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.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 103.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2008-103
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