Trade Policy, Economic Interests and Party Politics in a Developing Country: The Political Economy of CAFTA

  title={Trade Policy, Economic Interests and Party Politics in a Developing Country: The Political Economy of CAFTA},
  author={Raymond Hicks and Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley},
  journal={Political Economy: International Political Economy eJournal},
Developing countries have increasingly opened their economies to trade. Research about trade policy in developed countries focuses on a bottom-up process by identifying economic preferences of domestic groups. We know less about developing countries. We analyze how economic and political variables influenced Costa Rican voters in a referendum on CAFTA-DR, an international trade agreement. We find little support for Stolper–Samuelson models of economic preferences, but more support for specific… Expand
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