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In this paper we analyse the impact of a variety of private standards on worker empowerment in the horticultural export sector in Peru. Empowerment is defined as workers’ knowledge on their own rights and workers’ perceived agency to improve employment conditions. We use data from a company and a two-round employee survey, and difference-in-difference propensity score matching methods. We find positive effects of private standards on worker empowerment, with core labour standards having a more pronounced effect than standards with a small focus on labour, and thus complement previous evidence on the effects of standards on tangible employee wellbeing.

Keywords: global horticultural supply chains ; labor standards ; worker empowerment ; Peru

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Agricultural and Food Policy

Consumer/Household Economics

Crop Production/Industries

Industrial Organization

Institutional and Behavioral Economics

International Development

Labor and Human Capital

Land Economics/Use

Issue Date: 2015-07

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/208142

Total Pages: 30

JEL Codes: F63; J83; O54; Q17

Note: An updated version of this Working Paper is published as:Monica Schuster & Miet Maertens (2016): Worker Empowerment Through Private Standards. Evidence from the Peruvian Horticultural Export Sector, The Journal of Development Studies.

Record appears in: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven > Division of Bioeconomics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences > Working Papers





Autor: Schuster, Monica ; Maertens, Miet

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/208142?ln=en



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