The Economics of Fair Trade

43 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2014

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Raluca Dragusanu

Harvard University

Daniele Giovannucci

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

Nathan Nunn

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

Fair Trade is a labeling initiative aimed at improving the lives of the poor in developing countries by offering better terms to producers and helping them to organize. In this survey, we provide a critical overview of the economic theory behind Fair Trade, describing the potential benefits and potential pitfalls. We also provide an assessment of the empirical evidence of the impacts of Fair Trade to date.

Suggested Citation

Dragusanu, Raluca and Giovannucci, Daniele and Nunn, Nathan, The Economics of Fair Trade (July 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20357. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475704

Raluca Dragusanu (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

Daniele Giovannucci

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.thecosa.org

Nathan Nunn

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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