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Export Performance in Transition: The Case of Georgia

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  • Prema-chandra Athukorala

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  • Swarnim Waglé

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This paper examines export performance in Georgia in the process of transition from central planning to market oriented economy. Policy reforms undertaken with the support of the Bretton Woods institutions since the mid-1990s have made Georgia one of the most market-friendly economies among the Commonwealth of Independent States. However, the reforms have so far failed to transform the lopsided export structure inherited from the Soviet era in line with emerging opportunities for global economic integration. We conclude that orthodox liberalisation reforms are unlikely to improve export performance unless accompanied by concrete measures to redress supply constraints faced by export producers and to sustain their international competitiveness.

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Paper provided by The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2013-02.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2013-02

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Keywords: Georgia; transitional economies; export performance; trade policy;

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