Relatively little is known about how regional integration affects poverty. Many suggest that increased investment would be one of the benefits of agreeing on regional integration provisions but this has not been put to the empirical test for South-South integration. This volume examines the channels through which regional integration affects poverty and empirically analyzes the effects on foreign direct investment.
'This book is one of the first attempts ever to study the direct and indirect consequences of regional integration for poverty. It argues that regional integration can contribute to poverty reduction only if the integration processes go beyond trade and investment and include regional public goods. A must-read for all those interested in the social and developmental dimensions of regional integration.' Luk Van Langenhove, Director of the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies centre (UNU-CRIS), Belgium
Contents: Regional Integration and Poverty: Introduction, Dirk Willem te Velde. Part 1 Regional Integration and Poverty: Conceptual Issues and Evidence So Far: Regional integration, trade, foreign direct investment and migration, Dirk Willem te Velde, Sheila Page and Oliver Morrissey; Trade , FDI, migration and poverty, Dirk Willem te Velde, Sheila Page and Oliver Morrissey; Regional Integration and Poverty: towards a conceptual framework, Dirk Willem te Velde, Sheila Page and Oliver Morrissey. Part 2 Describing and Monitoring Regional Integration: Investment-related provisions in regional trade agreements, Dirk Willem te Velde and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Part 3 Case Studies of Bolivia and Tanzania: Regional integration and poverty: the case of Bolivia, Osvaldo Nina and Lykke E Andersen; Regional integration and poverty: the case of Tanzania, Josaphat Kweka and Phillip Gaspar Mboya; Regional integration and poverty: conclusions, Dirk Willem te Velde; Index.