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dc.contributor.authorChau, Nancy H.
dc.contributor.authorGoto, Hideaki
dc.contributor.authorKanbur, Ravi
dc.descriptionWP 2009-30 September 2009
dc.descriptionJEL Classification Codes: F15; I32; L3
dc.description.abstractIn many markets in developing countries, especially in remote areas, middlemen are thought to earn excessive profits. Non-profits come in to counter what is seen as middlemen's market power, and rich country consumers pay a fair-trade premium for products marketed by such non-profits. This paper provides answers to the following five questions. How exactly do middlemen and non-profits divide up the market? How do the price mark up and price pass-through differ between middleman and non-profits? What is the impact of non-profits entry on the wellbeing of the poor? Should the government subsidize the entry of non-profits, or the entry of middlemen? Should wealthy consumers in the North pay a premium for fair trade products, or should they support fair trade non-profits directly?
dc.publisherCharles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
dc.subjectMarket Access
dc.titleMiddlemen, Non-Profits, and Poverty

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