Mapping Crisis-Era Protectionism in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 1, 2013

The resort to discrimination in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region against foreign commercial interests is documented in this paper and compared to aggregate statistics for worldwide policy choice and for a comparator group of developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. LAC protectionism spiked later than in the rest of the world and, on average, the former nations resorted more to traditional protectionist tools than the latter. Within the LAC region, the heavier users of protectionism employed different cocktails of discriminatory policy instruments.

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Topics: TRADE POLICY PROTECTIONISM

Regions: LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (LAC)

Authors: SIMON EVENETT

Publishing Institution: INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

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