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GLOBAL PROSPERITY INITIATIVE MERCATUS POLICY P O L I C Y C O M M E N T N O . 11 SERIES DOES FAIR TRADE COFFEE HELP THE POOR? EVIDENCE FROM COSTA RICA AND GUATEMALA COLLEEN E. H. BERNDT Assistant Professor, San Jose State University JUNE 2007 MERCATUS CENTER GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ABOUT COLLEEN E. H. BERNDT, AUTHOR COLLEEN E. H. BERNDT is an assistant professor at San Jose State University and an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She holds a PhD in Economics from George Mason University, as well as an MBA in Finance from Notre Dame de Namur University. Dr. Berndt’s current research interests include economic development, especially as related to coffee cultivation and consumption, and the economics of religion. ABOUT FREDERIC SAUTET, EDITOR FREDERIC SAUTET is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a member of the graduate faculty at George Mason University. Prior to joining Mercatus, Frederic was a senior economist at the New Zealand Commerce Commission and a senior analyst at the New Zealand Treasury where he focused on economic transformation, entrepreneurship, utility development, and tax policy. Frederic holds a doctorate in economics from the Université de Paris Dauphine and did the course work for his doctorate at the Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris. He also studied at New York University as a post-doc. Frederic’s current work focuses on entrepreneurship, institutions, and social change. For more information about the Mercatus Center’s Global Prosperity Initiative, visit us online, www.mercatus.org/globalprosperity, or contact Claire Morgan, director of the Social Change Project, at (703) 993-4955 or cmorgan4@gmu.edu. Cover photo: A Nicaraguan worker holds coffee picked on a Costa Rican plantation. iStock photos. All other photos

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