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Analyzing trade competitiveness : a diagnostics approach

  • Farole, Thomas
  • Reis, Jose Guilherme
  • Wagle, Swarnim

Trade has proven to be a powerful engine of growth worldwide. But not all countries have benefited equally. Despite much effort to use trade policy to catalyze exports, many developing countries have failed to achieve successful, sustainable export and economic growth. Even with the benefit of preferential market access, many developing country exporters face a broad and diverse set of constraints that limit their potential to compete in export markets. This paper discusses the concept of"competitiveness"with respect to trade and the various dimensions on which trade competitiveness might be assessed. It argues there is a need for a framework by which trade competitiveness can be assessed in a systematic way. Inspired by the"growth diagnostics"approach, it outlines a possible framework for assessing factors that facilitate or constrain trade competitiveness.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5329.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2010
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