The Implications of Trade Barriers for Sectoral Diversification and Macroeconomic Stability in Developing Economies

Author/Editor:

Gabriel Srour

Publication Date:

February 1, 2006

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Summary:

The paper examines the implications of lower trade barriers for sectoral diversification and macroeconomic stability in developing economies with a large primary goods sector. It shows that lower trade barriers can have ambiguous effects on macroeconomic stability. It shows also that diversification, in the form of equal distribution of resources between nonprimary sectors, may be counterproductive. In fact, investment in the nonprimary sector with lower trade barriers unambiguously enhances macroeconomic stability in a developing economy that is subject to substantial primary shocks.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/50

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451863109/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006050

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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