Trade, development and regions: do you benefit from trade?

McGovern, Mark F. (2004) Trade, development and regions: do you benefit from trade? In Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia Conference, 6-8 September, Alice Springs.


Trade influences regional development. This occurs in a variety of ways, some of which are examined in this paper. Both involve big ideas, which can be conflicting. Unbalanced development that may attend trade can persist, fashioning regions and the lives of their peoples for generations. The Northern Territory is but one example.

Trade impacts is an area where much is asserted but relatively little is actually known. For some trade is always good, as is growth, particularly of exports and notably in agriculture. Beyond such simplistic thinking a range of methods may be used to indicate the impacts of trade.

Better understanding of trade impacts and strategies is needed. Trade can be beneficial, but it need not be. The USA Australia preferential trade agreement and international agricultural trade reform provide examples. Better is needed for compatible, sustainable development of regions in Australia, and in the wider world.

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ID Code: 1171
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Logistics and Supply Chain Management (150309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:08

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