Managed Exports and the Recovery of World Trade: The 7th GTA Report

The Seventh Report of the Global Trade Alert, drawing upon over 1200 investigations of state measures, reveals that while 2010 has seen a substantial recovery in world trade, governments have continued to discriminate against foreign commercial interests. Moreover, recovery does not seem to have affected the rate at which governments resort to protectionist measures. One reaction to this finding is to argue that the discrimination cannot be that significant if world trade is recovering so quickly. This Report shows that such a reaction overlooks the fact that many of the largest trading nations have implemented export promotion schemes over the past 12-18 months and that the rebound in world trade has been underwritten by subsidies, cheap access to credit, and tax rebates and exemptions for exporters. These findings highlight that contemporary discrimination against foreign commercial interests need not be commerce-reducing, like the across-the-board tariff increases of the 1930s. The composition of contemporary protectionism is much different from its counterpart in the Great Depression.

This Report also hasa regional focus on developments in Latin America. Governments in this region have differed markedly in their resort to protectionism and several country studies shed light on the factors responsible. Detailed reports of each nation's resort to protectionism and harm done by the protectionism of others will further facilitate comparisons within the region.

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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Simon J. Evenett

Section 1: Global overview

2. Global Overview of Contemporary Protectionism: World Trade Recovers But Incremental Protectionism Still Matches the Pace Set During 2009
Simon J. Evenett

3. Global Crisis and Trade Barriers in Latin America
Ricardo Rozemberg and Romina Gayá

Section 2: Country Analyses from Latin America

4. In Case of Fire, Break the Glass: Argentina’s Border Emergency-Kit in Times of Global Crisis
Demiàn Dalle and Federico Lavopa

5. Peru and Colombia: Similar Strategies, Contrasting Results
Alan Fairlie Reinoso

6. Crisis-Era Trade Policy Responses in a Dollarized Economy: The Case of Ecuador
Fernando Rodríguez Landívar

7. Brazilian Trade Policy: New Motivations and Trends
Leane Cornet Naidin, Pedro da Motta Veiga, Katarina Pereira da Costa and Sandra Polónia Rios

Section 3: Country-by-Country Reports
 

 


Simon Evenett

Date Published: 16 Sep 2010

Publisher: CEPR

Language: English

Format: PDF

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