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The Impact of Industrial Market Access Negotiations on African Economies

Hakim Ben Hammouda (), Stephen Karingi (), Nassim Oulmane () and Mustapha Sadni Jallab ()

Oxford Development Studies, 2008, vol. 36, issue 2, 187-208

Abstract: This paper proposes an extensive data simulation exercise on the likely impact of non-agricultural market access liberalization. The paper analyses real options for tariff cut reduction, special and differential treatment and the treatment of unbound tariffs. This paper also gives indications concerning the likely economic impact of this trade round of industrial market access negotiations on African economies. It shows that an ambitious tariff cut reduction formula would provide greater access to developed country markets for African producers. However, this kind of formula has a major drawback for African countries in the sense that it could accelerate the de-industrialization of African countries and limit incentives to diversify their economies.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1080/13600810802040898

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