The Central American Clothing Assembly Industry and the Asian Competition

Academy Business Discipline Journal (ABDJ), 2010

17 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016

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Dale Mathews

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

Segundo Castro-Gonzáles

IEN Business School; Universidad del Este

Date Written: March 7, 2010

Abstract

The clothing assembly industry has long been an important economic sector in a number of countries of the Caribbean Basin. This paper will begin with a summary of the growth and development of the Central American and Caribbean Basin garment export industry in the face of evolving trade liberalization. It will then examine how China and other Asian countries have eclipsed the region’s clothing exports to the US as they made inroads into the latter's market. An attempt will be made to speculate on the possible impact the recently approved Caribbean Free Trade Area (CAFTA), since specific provisions aim at boosting the region's garment assembly sector.

Keywords: clothing assembly, Central American, garment export industry, Asian, CAFTA

JEL Classification: F13, L67, N76, N46

Suggested Citation

Mathews, Dale and Castro-Gonzáles, Segundo, The Central American Clothing Assembly Industry and the Asian Competition (March 7, 2010). Academy Business Discipline Journal (ABDJ), 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2728925

Dale Mathews

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras ( email )

Segundo Castro-Gonzáles (Contact Author)

IEN Business School; Universidad del Este ( email )

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