Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development

SACU Report Analysis

This note has been prepared at the request of USAID’s Trade and Investment Program (TIP), to provide an independent assessment of the recent paper on Estimating the Impact on Mozambique of Different Trade Policy Regimes: SADC, SACU or MFN? by Andrea Alfieri, Xavier Cirera and Alexis Rawlinson. The review consists of three sections: general comments, technical comments, and conclusions. My intention in this review is to raise issues as I see them, focusing on constructive criticisms, as a input for other readers, particularly those without a strong technical background in economics. I trust that the authors will quickly point out any instances where my comments reflect a misunderstanding of their analysis.


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