Child Labour and Consumer Responsibility: An Impact Study

ECINEQ Working Paper No. 2008-103

33 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2011

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Melania Michetti

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici

Leonardo Becchetti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Stefano Castriota

University of Perugia

Date Written: December 14, 2008

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

JEL Classification: O19, O22, D64

Suggested Citation

Michetti, Melania and Becchetti, Leonardo and Castriota, Stefano, Child Labour and Consumer Responsibility: An Impact Study (December 14, 2008). ECINEQ Working Paper No. 2008-103, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1761327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1761327

Melania Michetti (Contact Author)

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

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Leonardo Becchetti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Stefano Castriota

University of Perugia ( email )

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Perigoa, 06121
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