Theoretical approaches to the analysis of trade and poverty and a review of related literature on South Africa
Samantha Dodd & Nicolette Cattaneo (2006)
Trade reform has important economic and social effects on developing countries, with significant
implications for unemployment, poverty and livelihoods. However, countries often neglect to consider the linkages between trade and poverty in national policy formulation. Trade liberalisation impacts on the internal income distribution of a country, and South Africa has recently been engaged in trade liberalisation on several fronts (multilateral, regional and bilateral). It is therefore critical to understand the potential channels through which trade liberalisation may influence poverty, and key possible impacts in the South African context in particular, in the light of both theory and the research on South Africa to date.