Poverty and Trade Liberalization

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How is poverty related to trade liberalization? Anthony Enisan Akinlo, Gabriel Adeleke and Aremo from department of Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria has recently published a report on The Effect of Trade Liberalisation on Some Selected Poverty Indicators in Nigeria (1980-2009): Generalised Method of Moments (GMM) Approach. Below is the abstract: ?The paper examined the effect of trade liberalisation on some key identified poverty indicators in Nigeria within the period of 1980 and 2009 with a view to determining whether the trade policy as practised in Nigeria over the study period has really significantly impacted on the state of poverty. The methodology applied was Generalised Method of Moments. The findings show that trade liberalisation, in Nigeria, did not contribute significantly to poverty reduction. It is therefore pertinent that a firmer and realistic approach aimed at regularly assessing the progress made in implementing trade liberalisation programmes through effective supervision and monitoring of programmes directed at reining in on poverty be pursued.

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