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Where to Spend the Next Million? Applying Impact Evaluation to Trade Assistance

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  • Olivier Cadot
  • Ana M. Fernandes
  • Julien Gourdon
  • Aaditya Mattoo

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Trade policy has changed fundamentally since the days of structural adjustment and economy-wide trade reforms. Partly in reaction to the uneven results of trade policy reforms, the focus has shifted to more targeted interventions aimed at reducing trade costs and addressing market failures that inhibit exports. Significant national resources and international assistance are now devoted to trade facilitation and export promotion, and the international development community has galvanized around a new 'aid-for-trade' (AfT) mantra as a means of helping low-income countries integrate into the global economy. The rest of this chapter is organized as follows: in section two the report discusses the changing nature of trade policy. In section three the report reviews the available evidence on the impact of trade assistance. In section four the report considers a detailed menu of trade-related interventions and discusses the challenges to their evaluation. In section five the report addresses the data issues crucial to impact evaluation. Finally, in section six the report look at the future challenges to doing Independent Evaluation (IE) in trade assistance.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 16358 and published in 2011.

ISBN: 978-1-907142-39-0
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:16358

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Cited by:
  1. Olivier CADOT & Ana FERNANDES & Julien GOURDON & Aaditya MATTOO, 2013. "Are the Benefits of Export Support Durable? Evidence from Tunisia," Working Papers P80, FERDI.
  2. Cadot, Olivier & Fernandes, Ana & Gourdon, Julien & Mattoo, Aaditya, 2011. "Impact Evaluation of Trade Interventions: Paving the Way," CEPR Discussion Papers 8638, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Vijayaraghavan, K. & Dutz, Mark A., 2012. "Biotechnology innovation for inclusive growth : a study of Indian policies to foster accelerated technology adaptation for affordable development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6022, The World Bank.
  4. Olivier Cadot & Ana Fernandes & Julien Gourdon & Aaditya Mattoo & Jaime de Melo, 2013. "Evaluating Aid for Trade: A Survey of Recent Studies," Working Papers 2013-33, CEPII research center.
  5. Paul Brenton & Olivier Cadot & Martha Denisse Pierola, 2012. "Pathways to African Export Sustainability," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 9380, October.
  6. Jinjarak, Yothin & Salinas, Gonzalo & Tsikata, Yvonne M., 2013. "The effect of World Bank trade adjustment assistance on trade and growth, 1987–2004: Is the glass half full or half empty?," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 415-430.

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