Would Multilateral Trade Reform Benefit Sub-Saharan Africans?

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Will J. Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

World Bank

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Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

This paper examines whether, in the presence of trade preferences, Sub-Saharan African economies, and especially its poorest households, could gain from multilateral trade reform. The World Bank's LINKAGE model of the global economy is employed to examine the impact first of current trade barriers and agricultural subsidies, and then of possible outcomes from the WTO's Doha round. The results suggest moving to free global merchandise trade would boost real incomes in sub-Saharan Africa proportionately more than in other developing countries or in high-income countries, despite a terms of trade loss in parts of the region. Farm employment and output, the real value of agricultural and food exports, the real returns to farm land and unskilled labor, and real net farm incomes would all rise in the region, thereby alleviating poverty. A Doha partial liberalization of both agricultural and no-agricultural trade could take the region some way towards those desirable outcomes, but more so the more both rich and poor countries reduce their applied tariffs.

Keywords: Trade policy, WTO, multilateral negotiationa, computable general equilibrium, sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: C68, D58, F13, F17, O55, Q17

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kym and Martin, William J. and van der Mensbrugghe, Dominique, Would Multilateral Trade Reform Benefit Sub-Saharan Africans? (May 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5049, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=774306

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