Assessing the Impact of Fair Trade on Economic & Social Rights

Caroline Payne, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Lycoming College
Alyssa Webb, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

 Thursday, March 27th

Library Administrative Conference Room, Plaza Level*

Widely publicized to be a responsible and effective way for businesses to improve economic & social rights in developing countries, fair trade has flourished in recent years. Despite an increase in public awareness and consumption of fair trade products, its effectiveness remains untested. Using data from an original survey conducted in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2012, along with personal interviews, we do just this. Despite the promises associated with fair trade, we find little evidence to support that it has improved economic and social rights for banana, cacao, and coffee workers.

A copy of the associated paper can be downloaded here: 

*Below is a link to a map of the library’s plaza level. The administrative conference room is in the area labeled “Administrative Services”. As you walk through that area, the room will be on your left.