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External protection for the emerging market economies? The case for financial liberalisation instead of import barriers in Eastern Europe

  • Schmieding, Holger
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    The main points of this paper are that the case for transitional import barriers for the EMEs is very weak; neither a discriminatory regional payments union nor a uniform import tariff nor a differentiated tariff schedule designed in accordance with the presumed adjustment difficulties are warranted. A radical liberalisation of the financial system in the EMEs is much better suited to promote and smooth the adjustment to market conditions than any scheme for transitional protection. The paper is organised as follows: at first, the major arguments for transitional protection are addressed; thereafter, various schemes for the protection of the tradable goods sector are analysed; ultimately, a proposal for radical financial liberalisation as a superior substitute for trade protection is presented.

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 498.

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    Date of creation: 1991
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    1. Peter B. Kenen, 1991. "Transitional Arrangements for Trade and Payments among the CMEA Countries," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 38(2), pages 235-267, June.
    2. Arvind Panagariya & Dani Rodrik, 1991. "Political-Economy Arguments for a Uniform Tariff," NBER Working Papers 3661, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Bofinger, Peter, 1990. "A Multilateral Payments Union for Eastern Europe?," CEPR Discussion Papers 458, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Hare, Paul G & Hughes, Gordon, 1991. "Competitiveness and Industrial Restructuring in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland," CEPR Discussion Papers 543, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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