CAFTA and the Rural Economies of Central America: A Conceptual Framework for Policy and Program Recommendations

IDB-WP, Forthcoming

Inter-American Development Bank, RE2-04-016

77 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Jessica Erin Todd

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Diego Arias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 2004

Abstract

The net benefits of CAFTA and their distribution among sectors of the economy and social groups are major concerns of policy makers in Central America. The objective of the Bank’s support to Central America is to assist in the design of policies that maximize total net benefits while improving the welfare of the poorer segments of society, the majority of whom reside in rural areas. The purpose of this study is to provide a conceptual framework in order to identify policies that will meet these objectives. It is important to note that CAFTA has not been ratified yet by all congresses of the signatory countries, but throughout this paper we assume that all will ratify CAFTA as it stands today.

Suggested Citation

Todd, Jessica Erin and Winters, Paul and Arias, Diego, CAFTA and the Rural Economies of Central America: A Conceptual Framework for Policy and Program Recommendations (December 2004). IDB-WP, Forthcoming, Inter-American Development Bank, RE2-04-016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307436

Jessica Erin Todd

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Diego Arias

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