Agricultural trade and poverty in Chile: a spatial analysis of product tradability

D. A. Fleming, D. G. Abler, and S. J. Goetz

Agricultural Economics (1 November 2010)

DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2010.00468.x

Many questions have arisen about the relationship between international agricultural trade and poverty in developing countries. This article explores these questions by analyzing local agricultural tradability indices, which measure the degree to which commodities produced in a particular region are traded internationally. Data are examined for Chile, a middle-income country with a history of international agricultural trade over the last decades. Empirical results indicate that a higher agricultural tradability index is associated with lower poverty rates across Chilean comunas.

keywords: C21; O13; Q17; Latin America; Chile; Agriculture; Trade; Poverty

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