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Journal of Economic Integration 2018 June;33(2) :1261-1301.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.11130/jei.2018.33.2.1261
Multilateral Trade Liberalization and Economic Growth
Sèna Kimm Gnangnon 
World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Corresponding Author: Sèna Kimm Gnangnon ,Email: kgnangnon@yahoo.fr; SenaKimm.Gnangnon@wto.org
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ABSTRACT
Over the last years, the world has experienced a backlash against trade. It could translate into a strong appeal to trade protectionism, lowering multilateral cooperation and delaying further trade liberalization at both domestic and international level. Against this background, this paper assesses the impact of multilateral trade liberalization on the economic growth rate by using an unbalanced panel dataset comprising 150 countries over the period 1995~2015. Results suggest a strong positive impact of multilateral trade liberalization on economic growth in both entire sample and sub-samples alike.

JEL Classification
F13: Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
F43: Economic Growth of Open Economies
Keywords: Multilateral trade liberalization | Economic growth | Developed and developing countries
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