Virtuous Interactions in Removing Exclusion: The Link between Foreign Market Access and Access to Education

Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1431-1454, 2011

40 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014

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Leonardo Becchetti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Pierluigi Conzo

University of Turin - Department of Economics and Statistics; Collegio Carlo Alberto

Fabio Pisani

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Date Written: September 20, 2011

Abstract

We outline a methodology which aims to give an answer to the widespread demand of impact analyses by regulators or by funding agencies which need to evaluate the current and past performance of development projects and may lack time series evidence. We devise a retrospective panel data approach to evaluate the dynamics of the effects of fair trade affiliation on the schooling decisions of a sample of Thai organic rice producers across the past 20 years. We find that the probability of school enrollment in families with more than two children is significantly affected by fair trade affiliation years. We try to ascertain whether our finding is robust to endogeneity of producers' choices of local cooperative affiliation and adoption of organic techniques. The significant difference between pre- and post-fair trade affiliation performance documents that fair trade participation generates a significant break in the schooling decisions of affiliated households.

Keywords: child schooling, market access, fair trade

JEL Classification: O19, O22, D64

Suggested Citation

Becchetti, Leonardo and Conzo, Pierluigi and Pisani, Fabio, Virtuous Interactions in Removing Exclusion: The Link between Foreign Market Access and Access to Education (September 20, 2011). Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1431-1454, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381899

Leonardo Becchetti

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

Via Columbia, 2
I-00133 Rome
Italy

Pierluigi Conzo (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Italy
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Fabio Pisani

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy

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