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Managing Openness and Volatility: The Role of Export Diversification

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  • Haddad, Mona

    () (World Bank)

  • Lim, Jamus Jerome

    () (World Bank)

  • Saborowski, Christian

    () (World Bank)

Abstract

As developing countries look to embrace an outward-oriented growth strategy, some may be concerned about the possibility that increased openness will be accompanied by increased volatility. However, although a more open economy may face increased volatility in its terms of trade, openness confers diversification benefits. In this note, we argue that export diversification is a key mitigating factor for the total effect of openness on volatility. More specifically, we show that most developing countries fall on the “good” side of a diversification threshold, where they are likely to experience less volatility as they pursue a strategy of greater openness.

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  • Haddad, Mona & Lim, Jamus Jerome & Saborowski, Christian, 2010. "Managing Openness and Volatility: The Role of Export Diversification," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 6, pages 1-4, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep6
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    Cited by:

    1. Farole, Thomas & Reis, Jose Guilherme & Wagle, Swarnim, 2010. "Analyzing trade competitiveness : a diagnostics approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5329, The World Bank.
    2. Canuto, Otaviano & Sharma, Manu, 2011. "Asia and South America: A Quasi-Common Economy Approach," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 65, pages 1-7, September.

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    Keywords

    trade; openness; volatility; export; diversification; developing countries; trade policy; imports; terms of trade; development;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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