The Impact of Trade Agreements in Latin America using the Synthetic Control Method

Author/Editor:

Swarnali A Hannan

Publication Date:

March 9, 2017

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Summary:

The paper employs synthetic control method (SCM) to determine the impact of trade agreements for 64 Latin American country pairs in the period 1989-1996. The results suggest that trade agreements have markedly boosted exports in Latin America, on an average by 76.4 percentage points over ten years. However, there is variation across countries and agreements. The export gains due to trade agreements are lower than the world average comprising 104 country pairs in the period 1983-1995.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/45

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 9, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475585544/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017045

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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