Narrow and Broad Perspectives on Trade Policy and Trade Costs: How to Facilitate Trade in Madagascar

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Salamat Ali

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Chris Milner

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

Madagascar is a high trade cost and relatively closed economy. The WTO's latest Trade Policy Review (TPR) for the country, like all TPRs, concentrates on border sources of trade costs, those induced by trade policy instruments such as tariffs or implicit taxes imposed by slow and costly customs procedures or trade documentation requirements. This narrow focus for trade policy and facilitation misses the substantive within‐and‐beyond‐the‐border sources of trade costs experienced by traders in a country like Madagascar. This paper illustrates the nature and significance of a narrow and broad view of trade costs and trade facilitation for this relatively remote and ‘internally land‐locked’ economy.

Suggested Citation

Ali, Salamat and Milner, Chris, Narrow and Broad Perspectives on Trade Policy and Trade Costs: How to Facilitate Trade in Madagascar (December 2016). The World Economy, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 1917-1933, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12473

Salamat Ali (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham - School of Economics ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

Chris Milner

University of Nottingham - School of Economics ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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