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Pro-poorness of trade policies: a review of international experience.

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Written by Kate Bird

This short paper reviews what the international literature has to say about trade policies (and complementary measures) with pro-poor effects. The focus here, therefore, is on the positive side of trade policies. The paper shows the effect that selected trade-related policies have on four key population groups: poor agricultural producers, poor consumers, poor workers (unskilled) and poor workers (skilled). We focus on six main policy areas: tariff policies, regulatory policies, agricultural commercialisation, preferences, price reform and complementary policies.

Ngoc P. Nguyen and Kate Bird with Nambusi Kyegombe