Of Openess and Distance: Trade Developments in the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1993-2002

 
Author/Editor: Elborgh-Woytek, Katrin
 
Publication Date: October 01, 2003
 
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Summary: This paper analyzes developments in the structure of trade in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) during the transition decade, and finds that it changed less than in other transition economies. Trade openness of the CIS increased between 1993 and 1997, but has fallen to a lower-level plateau since then owing to regional and country-specific factors. These include slower progress in transition, geographic aspects, restrictions on trade, governance and corruption problems, weak infrastructure, lack of regional cooperation, and political conflicts. Regression results show that trade openness of the CIS countries would likely increase substantially if market-oriented reforms were pursued more vigorously.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 03/207
Subject(s): Trade | Development | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Georgia | Kyrgyz Republic | Moldova | Tajikistan | Uzbekistan

Author's Keyword(s): trade | CIS
 
English
Publication Date: October 01, 2003
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2072003 Pages: 27
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