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Title:Policy Appraisal and the Structure of Protection in a Low-Income Developing Country: Problems of Measurement and Evaluation in Burundi
Authors:Greenaway, D.ISNI
Milner, C.R.ISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Volume:27
Issue:1
Period:October
Pages:22-42
Language:English
Geographic term:Burundi
Subjects:import restrictions
economic policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00220389008422180
Abstract:Externally sponsored or prompted policy reform has become increasingly important in developings countries in the last decade. Appraisal of the effects of existing policies is invariably the precursor of policy reform negotiations. The measurement of the structure of incentives and costs of protection in data-deficient, low-income LDCs is problematic. The aim of this article is therefore twofold. First, it illustrates the problems of measuring the structure of protection in one of the lowest per-capita income countries, namely Burundi. Second, it examines whether the resulting estimates provide a basis for policy reforms of a particular form. The authors examine the available information for Burundi on import duties and other border taxes, demonstrate the problems of measuring effective protective rates in these circumstances, and identify the extent of non-transparent, that is non-tariff, forms of protection. The overall conclusion is that not much significance can be attached to the estimates in a cardinal sense. Nevertheless, recommendations about altering the structure of relative incentives can be justified, where these are directed at increasing transparency and uniformity. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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