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Trade and Exchange Rate Regime Coherence: Implications for Integration in the Americas


  • Ciuriak, Dan


Latin AmericaÂ’s trade relationships have been severely strained by the series of uncoordinated currency depreciations within the region since the Asian Crisis spilled over into Brazil in 1999 and by large swings in G-3 exchange rates. Large depreciations, whether forced by capital markets or unilaterally effected for competitive trade reasons, are equivalent to steep increases in tariffs facing trading partners; they damage trade relationships and distort trade-oriented economic growth. The sources of the unfolding regional crisis and its implications for intra-regional trade as well as trade with major external trading partners are examined. Implications for future regional economic integration are drawn.

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  • Ciuriak, Dan, 2002. "Trade and Exchange Rate Regime Coherence: Implications for Integration in the Americas," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 3(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ecjilt:23919

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    1. Mayer, Holly & Martin, Larry J. & Staciwa, Anna, 2002. "The 2002 Us Farm Bill'S Implications For Commodity Markets And Canada'S Agri-Food Sector," Special Reports 18130, George Morris Center.
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