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Regional Integration and Intra-industry Trade in Latin America, 1980-90


  • Robert Guell
  • Donald Richards


The decade of the 1980s saw profound changes in the political economy of Latin America. The stabilisation and debt crises forced many countries in the region to re-examine their economic policies individually as well as collectively. The consequence was both a movement in the direction of neoliberal reform that included an emphasis on export promotion as well as a revival of interest in regional integration. The specific purpose of the present paper is to examine the consequences of these changes for the structure of intra-regional trade among and between Latin American countries. More specifically, we are interested in assessing the region's performance in terms of intra-regional, intra-industry trade over the period 1980-90.

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  • Robert Guell & Donald Richards, 1998. "Regional Integration and Intra-industry Trade in Latin America, 1980-90," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 283-300.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:12:y:1998:i:2:p:283-300
    DOI: 10.1080/02692179800000008

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