Trade liberalization and South African manufacturing - looking back with data

March, 2019
Ciaran Driver


I provide a retrospective assessment of the effects of trade policies on South African manufacturing since the transition to democracy, examining the differences and commonalities in the views of economists in favour and against an acceleration of trade liberalisation. Data from the Bureau of Economic Research are used to test a number of effects on manufacturing industry that were envisaged to flow from trade policy reforms, including effects on mark-ups, productivity, exports, employment and investment.

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