"Natural Integration": A New Approach to Integration Policy in Developing Countries

The article is based on the idea that geographic proximity is an essential factor for international integration policies due to its impact on the intensity of bilateral foreign trade and growth rate. Development is analysed as a process of structural diversification, whereby the country in question runs through different stages encountering co-ordination problems at the structural change-over points. Natural integration of neighbouring countries around a pivot country is shown to be an alternative to protectionist and multilateral liberalisation policies fostering structural diversification and overcoming coordination problems.


Issue Date:
1998
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/26210
Total Pages:
20
Series Statement:
HWWA Discussion Paper 61




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