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Title: Standards as barriers and catalysts for trade, growth, and poverty reduction
Authors: Maertens, Miet ×
Swinnen, Jo #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Series Title: Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development vol:4 issue:1 pages:47-61
Abstract: The importance of food standards in global trade has increased sharply. It is argued that these standards imposed by high-income countries diminish the export opportunities for developing countries and lead to an unequal distribution of the gains from trade, resulting in the marginalization of poorer farmers and small agri-food businesses. In this paper we critically review the arguments and empirical evidence on the link between increasing food standards, developing country exports and welfare in those countries; and provide new insights from two original case-studies. We conclude that the empirical evidence is often weaker than claimed and that high-standards agricultural trade can be an engine of pro-poor export-led growth in developing countries.
ISSN: 1556-8520
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Bioeconomics
LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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