Fairtrade and workers' welfare: A case study of the soccer industry in Pakistan

Lead author: Javeria Abbasi       Year: 2019       Methodology: Case study

Publication Abstract

The resurgence of the debate on standardization of labor laws via trade has brought into focus the importance of labeling programs, which are seen as a desirable avenue to remedy weak labor laws in the “South.” This study aims to quantify the impact of the Fairtrade labeling program on the welfare position of workers in the football industry. Propensity Score Matching (PSM) is used to calculate the treatment effect of the program. The study finds no treatment effect of labeling upon the welfare condition of workers. It concludes that the overall program has failed to make an impact upon the lives of workers.


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  • Publication type:

    • Journal article
  • Other authors:

    • Javeria Abbasi
    • Musleh Ud Din
  • Countries:

    • Pakistan