E. de Gelder (Eefje)
Employee - Economic Theory and Policy
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
Eefje de Gelder is a PhD student doing research on the mainstreaming of Fairtrade at the Institute for Management Research (IMR) at Radboud University. She is doing research on how the development of increased supply and demand within the fairtrade movement affect transfers to the fairtrade beneficiaries. More specifically: the consequences of mainstreaming fairtrade for the smallholders in developing countries. She has set up a competition model to analyze developments at the supply side, as well as an experiment to see how the demand side –consumers- behave with respect to the increased popularity of fairtrade products. Also, the Fairtrade Minimum Price for cocoa is analyzed.
Before she did a Bachelor Economics in Tilburg, of which she spent one year at Universidad de Navarra (Spain). After that, she got a MSc Economics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a MA Christianity and Society degree at Tilburg University. The theses she wrote were all related to various aspects of fairtrade: in relation to economic growth, in relation to the agricultural strategies of the World Bank, and the last one in relation to the theology of Thomas Aquinas concerning the concept of just pricing.
- fairtrade certification, economic development, inclusion, small-scale farmers
- Market competition and ethical standards: the case of fair trade mainstreaming Full text
Research grants and prizes
- 2014 - Has won the NBN-Rabobank Thesis Prize. This prestigious prize is awarded to the best masterthesis in the fields of corporate ethics or social responsible entrepreneurship.>
- 17 November 2020 - Providing the introduction (from 5:24 onwards) to the dialogue between Luigi Zingales and Christian Felber, about how to organize more sustainable markets. Organized as part of the project "Future of Market Capitalism", and held in Pakhuis de Zwijger. More information
- 26 October 2020 - I provided the introduction to the dialogue, part of a series on The Future of Capitalism, Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus and economist and UN SDG advocate Jeffrey Sachs (from 5:40 onwards). This dialogue was organized in collaboration with Pakhuis De Zwijger and part of the Future Market More information
- 27 December 2021 - An op-ed about how fairtrade certification affects farmers in low-income countries and how to deal with these outcomes as a consumer. More information