Trade reform in central America and the Caribbean: will liberalization resolve the problem of structural imbalances?

Rebecca Taylor, Andy Thorpe

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Abstract

This paper examines the neo-liberal development strategies adopted by Central America and the Caribbean during the 1980s and 1990s. The historical pattern of CAC trade and a general discussion on trade liberalization are coupled with 3 specific case studies - Costa Rica, Guatemala and Jamaica - which provide greater insight into the effects of the liberalization process specifically in the areas of trade balances, the degree of economic openness, and GDP growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards sustainable development in central American and the Caribbean
EditorsA. Danielson, A. Dijkstra
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages57-87
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780333793374
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2001

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