Title

Does Free Trade Matter for Poverty Reduction? The Case of ASEAN

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

The chapter by Pasha Hsieh takes a closer look at the trade-poverty relationship in South-East Asia. Examining the ASEAN case demonstrates how rapid and deep economic growth cannot ensure the integration of neighboring economies. Poverty reduction, argues Hsieh, is a necessary element of further successful economic integration. Hsieh first highlights the inequalities among ASEAN member’s per capita GDP, pointing out the exceptionally high differences in comparison to other free trade areas. The legal framework for liberalizations that would assist growth/reduce poverty and the various anti-poverty initiatives are also analysed to give an overview of the current status of the potential for poverty reduction through trade and the additional steps that would be beneficial to the region’s poor.

Discipline

Asian Studies | International Trade Law

Research Areas

Law of Transnational Business

Publication

Poverty and the international economic legal system: Duties to the world's poor

Editor

Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer

First Page

107

Last Page

120

ISBN

9781107032743

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

City or Country

Cambridge

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781107032743