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Potential gains for Bolivia of the subscription of an association Agreement with the European Union


  • Agramont, Daniel Agramont

    () (Economista de la Universidad de Antwerp, Especialista en procesos de integración)

  • Aliaga Lordemann, Javier

    () (Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo”)


The liberalization trading has become a really important factor to determine both, the economic growth and the level of poverty in a country. It can be observed that in developed countries, international trading is essential, while in most of the developing countries do not get the same benefits. Although commercial openness could not raise the economic welfare in the same proportion in all of the countries where it was applied, it is still a model used in order to achieve development. The following paper looks for determining, theorically and empirically, the impacts of an Association Agreement with the European Union over the economy in general and the poverty levels. Then, a specific case is used, when talking about the impacts on the exports of quinoa and the benefits that the raise in the exports of this product can bring to the rural communities that produce it. The paper concludes that the only way to get the benefits of the Association Agreement with the European Union is to diversify the products that Bolivia exports and use more modern technology that can give the products a higher aggregate value.

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  • Agramont, Daniel Agramont & Aliaga Lordemann, Javier, 2010. "Potential gains for Bolivia of the subscription of an association Agreement with the European Union," Revista Latinoamericana de Desarrollo Economico, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (IISEC), Universidad Católica Boliviana, issue 14, pages 127-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:revlde:1405

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    1. Germán Calfat & Renato G. Flôres, 2006. "The EU-Mercosol Free Trade Agreement: Quantifying Mutual Gains," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44, pages 921-945, December.
    2. Schiff, Maurice & Winters, L Alan, 1998. "Regional Integration as Diplomacy," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 12(2), pages 271-295, May.
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    Economic Growth; Poverty; Export; Bolivia; European Union; Quinua; Added Value; diversification; Technology;

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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence


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