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From protectionism to free trade fever? Recent reforms in developing countries

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During the 1980s, increasing numbers of developing countries unilaterally liberalized their trade regimes. This paper presents an overview of this dramatic shift from protectionism toward freer trade. South Asia, Latin America, and East Asia have implemented extensive reforms, yet each region has shown a distinct difference in approach and in the degree of liberalization actually achieved. Latin America stands out as moving sharply toward the level of openness of the East Asian Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs). Only in Africa is there little progress toward freer trade. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

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  • Judith Dean, 1995. "From protectionism to free trade fever? Recent reforms in developing countries," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 369-385, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:6:y:1995:i:4:p:369-385
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01000388
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