The political economy of trade liberalization in the transition

Arye L. Hillman, Heinrich W. Ursprung

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Baldwin and Baldwin (1996) review explanations for trade liberalization in developed market economies. In particular, exchange of market access appears important (Hillman and Moser, 1996). For economies in transition, technological inferiority and contemporaneous privatization distinctly form part of the scenario for trade liberalization and are basic ingredients in a model describing liberalization policies. We begin here with background observations and proceed to a model which ties together politically-constrained trade-liberalization opportunities and privatization of technologically disadvantaged enterprises. The model draws on a more extensive presentation in Hillman et al. (1996).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-794
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number3-5
StatePublished - Apr 1996

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Funding Information:
This researchw as conducted with the support of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Prize. Earlier researchu pon which this paper builds was supportedb y the World Bank.


  • Privatization
  • Trade liberalization
  • Transition


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