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Journal Article

No. 2012-17 | May 14, 2012
From Trade Preferences to Trade Facilitation: Taking Stock of the Issues PDF Icon


The objective of the paper is to explore and give an overview of two central policy alternatives to improve the integration between the European Union and developing countries by removing barriers to trade: trade preferences and trade facilitation. The author reviews the relevant literatures and discusses the issues which constitute problems or opportunities for practitioners and researchers in both areas. She concludes that while at least some trade preferences actually have been less of a failure than their reputation suggests, trade facilitation is a far more promising policy option for the future.

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F10 F13 F15


Maria Persson (2012). From Trade Preferences to Trade Facilitation: Taking Stock of the Issues. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 6 (2012-17): 1—33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2012-17


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