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A Computable General Equilibrium Micro-Simulation Analysis of the Impact of Trade Policies on Poverty in Zimbabwe

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  • Margaret Chitiga

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Ramos Mabugu

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    (Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Tonia Kandiero

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    (National Treasury)

Abstract

The paper uses a micro-simulation computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to study the impact on poverty of a complete removal of tariffs in Zimbabwe. The model incorporates 14006 households derived from the 1995 Poverty Assessment Study Survey. This paper’s novelty is that it is one among a small group of papers that incorporates individual households in the CGE model as opposed to having representative households. Using individual households allows for a comprehensive analysis of poverty. The complete removal of tariffs favours exporting sectors. Poverty falls in the economy while inequality hardly changes. The results differ between rural and urban areas.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200715.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:200715

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Keywords: Computable General Equilibrium; Trade Liberalisation; Micro-simulation; Poverty; Inequality;

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  1. Chala, Zelalem T. & Norton, George W. & Grant, Jason H., 2010. "Economic Significance of Specific Export Promotion on Poverty Reduction and Inter- Industry Growth of Ethiopia," 2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado 61739, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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  3. Kebede, Sindu & Fekadu, Belay & Aredo, Dejene, 2011. "Trade Liberalization and Poverty: A Macro-Micro Analysis in Ethiopia," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 44, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  4. Acharya, Sanjaya, 2011. "Making unilateral trade liberalisation beneficial to the poor," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 45(2), pages 60-71, June.
  5. Mahofa, Godfrey, 2007. "Economic Analysis of Factors Affecting Cotton Production In Zimbabwe," Research Theses 134490, Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics.

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