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The effect of World Bank trade adjustment assistance on trade and growth, 1987–2004: Is the glass half full or half empty?

Yothin Jinjarak, Gonzalo Salinas and Yvonne M. Tsikata

Economic Systems, 2013, vol. 37, issue 3, 415-430

Abstract: This paper studies the association between trade reform, growth, and trade adjustment assistance in a sample of developing countries that underwent trade reforms during 1987–2004. Our analysis explicitly differentiates between a group of countries that received trade adjustment loans from the World Bank and a non-recipient group. The results suggest that trade adjustment assistance is positively associated with economic growth after trade reform in the medium to long run. In comparison to a pre-reform period and to the non-recipient group, the recipient countries registered 0.2 percent higher growth of real GDP per capita, 5.0 percent higher import growth, and 2.5 percent higher export growth over a period of three to five years after trade reform.

Keywords: International financial institutions; Trade reform; Sample selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E02 F13 O24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2013.05.004

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