Title

The moderating effect of fair trade on the relationship between social capital, subjective wellbeing, and quality of life

Document Type

Archival Material/Manuscript

Volume

13

Issue

1

Abstract

Social Capital (SC) refers to the nature and extent of one's participation in various informal networks and formal civic organizations (Putnam, 2000). The participants of the study were farmers from the two municipalities of Benguet province, namely: Tublay (FT beneficiaries) and Atok (non-FT beneficiaries). Results of the path analysis reveal that empowerment and political action (β=.554, p<.01) and economic performance (β=.264, p<.01) positively and significantly affect subjective well being. Also, empowerment and political action (β=.290, p<.01) and economic performance (β=.223, p<.01) positively and significantly affect quality of life. In terms of moderating effect, the present study found that fair trade does not affect the relationship between each of the social capital dimensions and subjective well-being and quality of life. These findings indicate that the effects of social capital dimensions on subjective well-being and quality of life are the same regardless of whether they avail the fair trade program or not.

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Disciplines

Sociology

Keywords

Social capital (Sociology)—Philippines—Benguet; Well-being—Philippines—Benguet; Quality of life—Philippines—Benguet; Price maintenance—Philippines—Benguet

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