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This paper assesses Fairtrade’s effect on workers’ hourly wages and their level of job satisfaction with primary survey data from 325 randomly sampled workers from eight different export-oriented pineapple companies in Ghana. It applies a linear mixed model and instrumental variable approach to take into account the multilevel characteristics of our data and possible selection bias. Findings show that both hourly wages and job satisfaction are indeed higher on Fairtrade certified plantations. Factors of increased job satisfaction are likely driven by higher wages, permanent employment contracts, training opportunities, company services such as medical care and paid leave as well as established labor unions on Fairtrade certified plantations.

Lead organization:
Georg-August-University of Göttingen
Study sector:
Agriculture focus:
Study type:
Outcome or Impact Evaluation
Study design & methods:
Quantitative collection and analysis methods
Study scope:
Social issues
Research Partner(s):
University of Leuven
Published on:
October 12, 2016
Name of lead contact:
Katharina Krumbiegel