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Does Trade Liberalisation Promote Economic Development?

Sir David Greenaway ()

Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 1998, vol. 45, issue 5, 491-511

Abstract: The last twenty years have seen an extraordinary number of trade liberalization episodes in developing countries. Some have been voluntary, most have been policy conditioned under the aegis of the Bretton Woods agencies. This paper begins by setting out the background to these trade reform programs and details their ingredients. It then goes on to review the evidence extant on liberalization and growth and reports new evidence. The latter suggests that liberalization does tend to enhance growth, albeit with a lag. The paper concludes with an analysis of the lessons learned from experience with liberalization in terms of credibility, timing, and sequencing. Copyright 1998 by Scottish Economic Society.

Date: 1998
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