Fairtrade and Workers’ Welfare : A Case Study of the Soccer Industry in Pakistan

Titre Fairtrade and Workers’ Welfare : A Case Study of the Soccer Industry in Pakistan
Lien hypertexte Site de « http://www.pide.org.pk »
Date 2015
Pagination 32 p.
Notes Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
Résumé Abstract : «The resurgence of the debate on standardization of labor laws via trade has brought into focus the importance of social labeling programs. Social Labeling programs like fairtrade are seen as a desirable avenue to remedy the weak labor laws in ‘South’. Fairtrade is a social labeling program that aims to fight poverty, injustices and hence improve the livelihoods of producers and workers in ‘South’ through its predefined code of conduct and standards. The fairtrade standard for hired labor, in particular, aims to fight the labor market injustices existing in ‘South’. Numerous studies have been undertaken to assess the impact of fairtrade upon the lives of producers and workers. Mixed results have been documented especially for coffee and banana producers. In view of the growing importance of the demands for standardization of labor laws, it is hence imperative to study the impact of the program on rectifying the weak labor laws and improving the livelihoods of the workers for a labor abundant country like Pakistan. This study uses the football industry of Pakistan as a case in point and aims to quantify the impact of the fairtrade labeling program on the workers’ socioeconomic status and welfare position. Propensity Score Matching (PSM) is used to calculate the treatment effect of the program. The study finds no treatment effect of labeling upon the socio economic status and welfare condition of the workers. It concludes that overall the program has failed to make an impact upon the lives of workers employed in the football industry.»
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