Trade Interventions and Poverty Alleviation: Is Aid for Trade Helping the African Poor?

40 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2014

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Laura Páez

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Date Written: April 23, 2013

Abstract

This paper discusses AfT’s role in reducing poverty. Using cross-country data for 52 countries during 2000-2011, it assesses whether AfT has had a measurable direct effect on poverty in Africa. The paper finds compelling evidence that AfT has directly impacted on poverty, particularly in LDCs and landlocked countries by improving their productive capacities and trade policy and regulations. Finally, the paper reflects on what continuing policy efforts need to be considered by donors and beneficiaries beyond the Fourth Global Review and post-2015 sustainable development goals agenda, in order to enhance AfT’s role in the fight against poverty.

Keywords: Africa, least-developed countries (LDCs), poverty, Aid for Trade (AfT), World Trade Organization, millennium development goals (MDGs)

JEL Classification: F13, F35, O19

Suggested Citation

Páez, Laura Ines, Trade Interventions and Poverty Alleviation: Is Aid for Trade Helping the African Poor? (April 23, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2385888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2385888

Laura Ines Páez (Contact Author)

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ( email )

Palais des Nations
Office E 8074
Geneva, 1211
Switzerland

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