Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106939
Authors: 
Ibanez, Marcela
Blackman, Allen
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
GlobalFood Discussion Papers 54
Abstract: 
According to advocates, eco-certification can improve developing country farmers' environmental and economic performance. However, these notional benefits can be undercut by self-selection: the tendency of relatively wealthy farmers already meeting eco-certification standards to disproportionately participate. Empirical evidence on this matter is scarce. Using original farm-level survey data along with matching and difference-in-differences matching models, we analyze the producer-level effects of organic coffee certification in southeast Colombia. We find that certification improves coffee growers' environmental performance. It significantly reduces sewage disposal in the fields and increases the adoption of organic fertilizer. However, we are not able to discern economic benefits.
Subjects: 
organic certification
coffee
Colombia
difference-in-differences matching
JEL: 
Q13
Q20
O13
Q56
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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