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An empirical assessment of Fairtrade: A perspective for low-and middle-income countries?

Nindl, Elisabeth (2014) An empirical assessment of Fairtrade: A perspective for low-and middle-income countries? Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 160. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This paper presents the first cross-country empirical evidence on the determinants of participation in Fairtrade and the impact of the export of Fairtrade certified products on agricultural growth in low- and middle-income countries. Using the number of certified producer organizations per country in 2006-2010 as a proxy for Fairtrade exports, estimation results indicate a small but significantly positive effect on the growth rate of per capita value added in agriculture that is largest in upper middle income countries. Given the particularly poverty-reducing effect of agricultural growth, we find empirical evidence that Fairtrade certification is indeed able to deliver its core values, but misses to target the very poor. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Fairtrade / Agriculture / Growth / Poverty
Classification Codes: JEL D3, O1
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 09:52
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 11:29
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4069

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