Do Labour Rights Matter for Export? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Pineapple Trade to the EU

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Do Labour Rights Matter for Export? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Pineapple Trade to the EU


  • Annelien Gansemans Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Deborah Martens Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Marijke D’Haese Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Jan Orbie Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Belgium


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Abstract:  Labour norms are increasingly considered in trade relations, but is the protection of labour standards a necessary condition for export to the EU? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis, based on countries that export pineapples to the EU, shows that labour standards protection matters in combination with distance, zero tariffs and institutional quality in a number of cases. However, for none of the cases was it a sufficient condition on its own for determining exports to the European market. Rather, we show that (1) having a zero tariff is necessary for a relatively large share of export to the EU, and (2) labour standards protection can make a difference when the institutional quality is weak in some African cases, in contrast to Latin American exporters.

Keywords:  agricultural trade; globalisation; institutions; labour rights; political economy; QCA

Published:   14 December 2017


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v5i4.1082


© Annelien Gansemans, Deborah Martens, Marijke D’Haese, Jan Orbie. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.