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The Economics of Fair Trade: A Christian Perspective (web publication)


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In the twenty-eighth IEA Current Controversies Paper, Philip Booth examines the case for fair trade. While there may be some positive aspects of fair trade, the author suggests that the way it is promoted in schools and churches is totally inappropriate. Fair trade organisations will also end up doing more harm than good for the very poorest when they campaign against trade liberalisation, one of the best ways of promoting long-term economic growth in the developing world.

2008, Current Controversies 28

See also:

Half a Cheer for Fair Trade by Philip Booth and Linda Whetstone.

Paths to Property: Approaches to Institutional Change in International Development by Karol Boudreaux and Paul Aligica.

Power Against People: A Christian Critique of the State by Philip Vander Elst.

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