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World Bank Trade Adjustment Loans and Export Policy Distortions

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  • Mariarosaria Agostino
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    This work investigates whether World Bank loans fostering trade liberalization are associated with less distorted export policies, by employing some gravity model-based measures of anti-export bias, and a Herfindhal index of export revenues concentration. When accounting for non-random selection in a sample of 88 developing countries over the period 1980-2000, the receipt of trade adjustment loans seems to have reduced the policy distortion under scrutiny. Such a beneficial influence, however, vanishes when a longer time horizon is considered, casting doubts on the country ownership of waves of liberalizations supported by the Bank.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 143-162

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    Keywords: Trade adjustment loans; special interest groups; anti-export bias; gravity models; non-random selection;

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