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Effects of Free Trade on Women and Immigrants: CAFTA and the Rural Dominican Republic

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  • Filipski, Mateusz
  • Edward Taylor, J.
  • Msangi, Siwa

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We construct a disaggregated rural economywide model with a focus on gender and immigration as well as on the allocation of time to wage work, household production activities, and housework (reproduction). We use this model to simulate the impacts of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) on rural incomes and welfare in the Dominican Republic. We find that elimination of agricultural import tariffs hurts both agricultural and non-agricultural households, via adverse factor-market effects, but impacts vary substantially by workers’ gender and country of origin. Females and Haitian immigrants tend to fare better than Dominican males, and there are ramifications for both market and non-market activities.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 1862-1877

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:10:p:1862-1877

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Keywords: gender; immigration; general equilibrium models; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Central America and the Caribbean;

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  1. J. Edward Taylor, 2012. "A Methodology for Local Economy-Wide Impact Evaluation (LEWIE) of Cash Transfers," Working Papers 99, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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